On March 25, 2010, we were on hand to film a historic exhibit at the Montclair Art Museum entitled “A Force for Change: African American Art and the Julius Rosenwald Fund,” including those works funded by the Julius Rosenwald Fund. Included in the show are such eminent Black artists such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Rose Piper, Augusta Savage, Charles White, Hale Woodruff. This fine exhibit was shown in Chicago, and will close on July 19. Unfortunately the exhibit will not travel to another city.
On hand to see the exhibit and be filmed were Rosenwald’s grandchildren Peter Ascoli, Rosenwald biographer, and his cousins Alice Rosenwald and Elizabeth Varet (see photos).
The Rosenwald Fund assisted not only visual artists and sculptors, but also writers Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Ralph Ellison. Ellison wrote his award-winning novel Invisible Man under a Rosenwald Fellowship. Julius Rosenwald’s son Lessing followed in his father’s tradition by becoming one of the founding benefactors of the National Gallery of Art.
We will be documenting other upcoming events related to the inspirational story of philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.