The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is premiering their exhibition on Henry Ossawa Tanner on Friday, January 27.
The display, Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit, will showcase the career and life of Tanner who was an African- American pioneer artist in Philadelphia during the years after the Civil War.
Tanner is remembered for his internationally acclaimed success as an artist as well as his contributions to the Red Cross and American servicemen in France during WWI.
Tanner enrolled as a student at PAFA in 1879 and studied there for six years.
The exhibit will include a complete scholarly publication on Tanner, the first children’s book about Tanner, and over 100 of his works.
Harry Philbrick, Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum, Anna Marley, Curator of Historical American Art and Lewis Tanner Moore, a descent of Henry O. Tanner are scheduled to speak at the preview on January 26.
The exhibit will run until April 15 at the Fisher Brooks Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building and offer free admission on Sundays.
A complete listing of admission pricing and operational hours can be found on PAFA’s website.