The Hewitt Collection of African-American Art to Visit The DuSable Museum In Chicago

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Bank of America Foundation

    CHICAGO, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bank of America Foundation announced
 today that it is bringing one of the most important and comprehensive
 collections of 20th century African-American art to Chicago.
     The collection, Celebration and Vision: The Hewitt Collection of
 African-American Art, will come to Chicago on May 6 as part of a national tour
 to more than a dozen museums and cultural centers across the U.S.  During its
 stop in Chicago, the collection will be exhibited at The DuSable Museum of
 African-American History, 740 East 56th Place.  The exhibit will continue at
 this location through July 22.
     The Hewitt Collection consists of 55 two-dimensional works of art by 20
 artists.  It includes renowned works such as The Card Players by Hale
 Woodruff; Morning Ritual by Romare Bearden; Woman in a Blue Coat by Ernest
 Crichlow; Gate in Tangier by Henry O. Tanner; Easter by Jonathan Green; and
 Head of a Woman by Elizabeth Catlett.
     Bank of America purchased the collection in 1998 from John and Vivian
 Hewitt of New York as a gift for the Afro-American Cultural Center in
 Charlotte, N.C.  It represents more than 50 years of collecting and is
 regarded as one of the most important and comprehensive collections of
 African-American art during this century.  Art & Antiques magazine listed the
 collection in its third annual compilation of Top 100 Treasures in its March
 2000 issue.
     "We are proud to share these great works of art with the Chicago
 community," said Terry Perucca, president of Bank of America in Chicago.  "The
 images document individual as well as universal experiences, providing us with
 a rich, visual context for celebrating the cultural diversity of our
 communities."
     "So many people, through the generosity of Bank of America, will now have
 the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the outstanding contributions of
 some of the greatest African-American artists, many of whom have become our
 friends," said Vivian Hewitt, who shared a life-long passion for collecting
 art with her late husband, John.
     "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to display the Hewitt
 Collection here at the DuSable Museum," said Antoinette Wright, president and
 chief executive officer of DuSable.  "The expressions symbolized on the
 canvases of these works capture the true essence of the African-American
 community and its contribution to the arts and society."
     Bank of America Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the bank, is
 underwriting the three-year nationwide tour.  Following the tour, the
 collection will reside at the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, its
 permanent home.
     The nationwide tour, which runs through July 2002, includes the following
 cities:
 
     May 6 - July 22, 2001              Chicago
                                        DuSable Museum of African-American
                                        History
     Aug. 13 - Oct. 28, 2001            Seattle
                                        Bank of America Gallery
     Nov. 19 - Jan. 20, 2002            Houston
                                        Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston
     February 11 - April 21, 2002       Tulsa, Oklahoma
                                        The Gilcrease Museum
     May - July, 2002                   San Francisco, California
                                        Bank of America Gallery
 
     About the DuSable Museum
     The DuSable Museum of African American History, founded in 1961, is the
 nation's oldest, non-profit institution devoted to the collection,
 preservation, interpretation and dissemination of African and African American
 history and culture.  The museum emphasizes the experiences and contributions
 of Americans of African decent to world history and to American history, life,
 and culture.  DuSable Museum is committed to sharing the history, culture, and
 achievements of African Americans with others.  It encourages awareness,
 appreciation, and understanding among all ethnic groups in our culturally
 diverse society.  The museum's web address is www.dusablemuseum.org .
 
     About the Bank of America Foundation
     Bank of America Foundation directs charitable giving on behalf of Bank of
 America.  Bank of America Foundation contributes financial assistance to
 nonprofit institutions and organizations that enhance the quality of life and
 promote public interest in the areas where the company conducts business.
 
     About Bank of America
     Bank of America (NYSE:   BAC) is a financial services company committed to
 making banking work for customers like it never has before. Through innovative
 technologies and financial ingenuity, Bank of America provides individuals,
 small businesses and commercial, corporate and institutional clients across
 the United States and around the world new and better ways to manage their
 financial lives.  The company enables customers to do their banking and
 investing whenever, wherever and however they choose through the nation's
 largest financial services network, including more than 4,400 domestic
 offices, 13,000 ATMs, 38 international offices, a telephone banking network
 that handles more than a half billion calls a year and an Internet Web site
 that provides online access for more than 3 million customers, more than any
 other bank.  Bank of America stock is listed on the New York, Pacific and
 London stock exchanges. The company's Web site is www.bankofamerica.com .
 
 

SOURCE Bank of America Foundation
    CHICAGO, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bank of America Foundation announced
 today that it is bringing one of the most important and comprehensive
 collections of 20th century African-American art to Chicago.
     The collection, Celebration and Vision: The Hewitt Collection of
 African-American Art, will come to Chicago on May 6 as part of a national tour
 to more than a dozen museums and cultural centers across the U.S.  During its
 stop in Chicago, the collection will be exhibited at The DuSable Museum of
 African-American History, 740 East 56th Place.  The exhibit will continue at
 this location through July 22.
     The Hewitt Collection consists of 55 two-dimensional works of art by 20
 artists.  It includes renowned works such as The Card Players by Hale
 Woodruff; Morning Ritual by Romare Bearden; Woman in a Blue Coat by Ernest
 Crichlow; Gate in Tangier by Henry O. Tanner; Easter by Jonathan Green; and
 Head of a Woman by Elizabeth Catlett.
     Bank of America purchased the collection in 1998 from John and Vivian
 Hewitt of New York as a gift for the Afro-American Cultural Center in
 Charlotte, N.C.  It represents more than 50 years of collecting and is
 regarded as one of the most important and comprehensive collections of
 African-American art during this century.  Art & Antiques magazine listed the
 collection in its third annual compilation of Top 100 Treasures in its March
 2000 issue.
     "We are proud to share these great works of art with the Chicago
 community," said Terry Perucca, president of Bank of America in Chicago.  "The
 images document individual as well as universal experiences, providing us with
 a rich, visual context for celebrating the cultural diversity of our
 communities."
     "So many people, through the generosity of Bank of America, will now have
 the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the outstanding contributions of
 some of the greatest African-American artists, many of whom have become our
 friends," said Vivian Hewitt, who shared a life-long passion for collecting
 art with her late husband, John.
     "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to display the Hewitt
 Collection here at the DuSable Museum," said Antoinette Wright, president and
 chief executive officer of DuSable.  "The expressions symbolized on the
 canvases of these works capture the true essence of the African-American
 community and its contribution to the arts and society."
     Bank of America Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the bank, is
 underwriting the three-year nationwide tour.  Following the tour, the
 collection will reside at the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, its
 permanent home.
     The nationwide tour, which runs through July 2002, includes the following
 cities:
 
     May 6 - July 22, 2001              Chicago
                                        DuSable Museum of African-American
                                        History
     Aug. 13 - Oct. 28, 2001            Seattle
                                        Bank of America Gallery
     Nov. 19 - Jan. 20, 2002            Houston
                                        Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston
     February 11 - April 21, 2002       Tulsa, Oklahoma
                                        The Gilcrease Museum
     May - July, 2002                   San Francisco, California
                                        Bank of America Gallery
 
     About the DuSable Museum
     The DuSable Museum of African American History, founded in 1961, is the
 nation's oldest, non-profit institution devoted to the collection,
 preservation, interpretation and dissemination of African and African American
 history and culture.  The museum emphasizes the experiences and contributions
 of Americans of African decent to world history and to American history, life,
 and culture.  DuSable Museum is committed to sharing the history, culture, and
 achievements of African Americans with others.  It encourages awareness,
 appreciation, and understanding among all ethnic groups in our culturally
 diverse society.  The museum's web address is www.dusablemuseum.org .
 
     About the Bank of America Foundation
     Bank of America Foundation directs charitable giving on behalf of Bank of
 America.  Bank of America Foundation contributes financial assistance to
 nonprofit institutions and organizations that enhance the quality of life and
 promote public interest in the areas where the company conducts business.
 
     About Bank of America
     Bank of America (NYSE:   BAC) is a financial services company committed to
 making banking work for customers like it never has before. Through innovative
 technologies and financial ingenuity, Bank of America provides individuals,
 small businesses and commercial, corporate and institutional clients across
 the United States and around the world new and better ways to manage their
 financial lives.  The company enables customers to do their banking and
 investing whenever, wherever and however they choose through the nation's
 largest financial services network, including more than 4,400 domestic
 offices, 13,000 ATMs, 38 international offices, a telephone banking network
 that handles more than a half billion calls a year and an Internet Web site
 that provides online access for more than 3 million customers, more than any
 other bank.  Bank of America stock is listed on the New York, Pacific and
 London stock exchanges. The company's Web site is www.bankofamerica.com .
 
 SOURCE  Bank of America Foundation