December 13, 2012: ACA Galleries in Chelsea hosted a stimulating conversation and presentation in honor of their current exhibition Romare Bearden: Urban Rhythms & Dreams of Paradise on view at ACA 529 West 20th Street. through February 2, 2013. The discussion "Remembering Romy" featured Myron Schwartzman, author of Romare Bearden: His Life & Art, Russell Goings, author, collector and close friend, and Andre Thibault/Teabo, Bearden’s studio assistant and author. Curator Ann Aptaker moderated the insighful talk on Bearden’s art; an important voice in the struggle for American civil rights.
His bright colorful collages of African American life in Harlem are passionate studies that reflect the public and private views of the layers of that life in the early part of the twentieth century. These provocative soulful collages are considered amongst the finest in the world. Bearden’s art mirrors the heart and soul of his people, documenting their joys, struggles, dreams and aspirations at a defining moment in our nation’s history during the fight for civil rights.
Bearden is recognized as a significant African American artist and an important force in the landscape of the American story. His work is collected in major museums and institutions, among them The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Smithsonian Institution, DC; The Art Institution of Chicago and others. Nine months before his death he was honored with the National Medal of Arts in March 1987.