Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert

Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert

Exhibition: December 23, 2018 – February 17, 2019

This traveling exhibition of carved and dyed leather works by Winfred Rembert creates a vibrant, rhythmic imagery of the African American artist’s life in the 1950’s-60’s Georgia. Featuring 29 works, including the premiere of several recent paintings by Rembert, this exhibition predominately depicts the grueling task of cotton picking that the artist endured in childhood and later while on a prison chain gang. Rembert learned to work leather while serving seven years in state prison following an arrest from a 1960’s civil rights protest, a jail escape and near lynching. Years later, he turned his leather tooling skill to the creation of art as an outlet for traumas of his life in the South.

This exhibition was organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.