Access: Works from the Tougaloo College Art Collections, 1963 – 1967

May 29 – August 11, 2018

Emanuelson, Britta, 1918-2008
Swedish. Born: Boras, Sweden
Composition, date unknown
Oil on canvas, 29 1/2 x 29 1/2
Tougaloo College Art Collections, Mississippi, 1964.003
Donor: Mr. Samuel Silverman


During the height of the 1960’s American Civil Rights Movement, a group of New York based art activists and collectors who were committed to the idea of public access to the visual arts decided engage Tougaloo College in Mississippi. The idea was not only to have art on the campus and use art as a teaching tool for students at college, but to engage the greater community by establishing an art center in the heart of Mississippi. In 1963, the Tougaloo College Board of Trustees approved the Art Committee for Tougaloo College, headed by art critic Dore Ashton. Between 1963 until late 1967, works of art were sent to the college. Joan Miro, Fritz Bultman, Robert Motherwell and Hans Hofmann are among many of the artists who represent the early shipment of works to the college and are represented in this exhibition, Access: Works from the Tougaloo College Art Collections, 1963-1967, organized Turry M. Flucker, a graduate of Tougaloo College.