Saturday, May 27, 2006

The Arts and the Race for DC Mayor

This posting about DC mayoral candidate Michael A. Brown and this posting about Alma Thomas at the Hirshhorn triggered a DC Arts News reader to send me the following:

Anthony A. Lewis is the current president of Verizon Washington, D.C.

He succeeded Marie C. Johns, who is now running for mayor of DC (AND doing "meet and greets" at local white-owned art galleries).

Here are a few organizations that Tony Lewis is part of:

- he is a member of the DC Chamber of Commerce's Governing Board,

- he is a member of the board of directors of the Greater Washington Board of Trade,

- he is a member of the Washington Performing Arts Society,

- he is a member of the Federal City Council,

- and he is a member of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington

Now here is a black man who maybe ought to be tapped to be on the Hirshhorn's Board of Trustees or be groomed to become a purchasing friend who might buy a Lois Mailou Jones and give it to the Hirshhorn.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden generally accepts gifts of art only if it intends to accession them into its collections. The museum must, of necessity, be very selective to ensure that objects acquired are appropriate to the collections and can be properly cared for and displayed.

So maybe Tony Lewis will drop into the local DC white-owned gallery and maybe someone will convince him to buy up a Renee Stout and give it to the Hirshhorn.
Interesting points... if my memory serves me right, recently the Hirshhorn received a gift of a Renee Stout from Ubercollector Fred Ognibene; but the Hirshhorn could certainly use another one!

P.S. Tony Lewis: I know of a local, African-American owned, highly reputable art gallery which has a really nice (and early) Lois Mailou Jones original for sale. Talk to me!