Mar 10 - Jun 4, 2023
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Memphis, TN
Harmonia Rosales: Master Narrative features twenty paintings by the Los Angeles based artist Harmonia Rosales (b. Chicago, 1984), who seamlessly entwines the tales and characters of the Afro-Cuban Lucumí religion, Greco-Roman mythology, and Christianity with the canonical works and artistic techniques of European Old Masters. Through her vibrant and visceral paintings, she challenges the concept of the master narrative in a way that collapses the passing of millennia and bridges the vastest of oceans. For Rosales, storytelling is a journey of personal discovery and a reclamation of one’s cultural identity as a means of survival. She asks us to consider the universality of creation, tragedy, resilience, and transcendence through a Black diasporic lens.
Funded by a group of anonymous donors, the $5 million Blackmon-Perry fellowship establishes a permanent rotating position for a young curator of color while also providing money for exhibitions and regular purchases of works by contemporary and historic Black artists from around the world…
Apr 12, 2022
At a young age, Harmonia Rosales fell in love with the Renaissance masters who wove tales from Greco-Roman mythology and Christianity in their paintings. “They tell a full story, corner to corner, like a children’s book where you don’t have to really have the text,” she says. “You can almost look at the image and know this is what happened [...]"
Mar 15, 2023
An exhibition of detailed and luminously colored paintings in the Renaissance style that has “taken the art world by storm” is now on display at the Brooks...
Mar 31, 2023
Now on exhibit at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the large 2017 painting "The Birth of Oshun" depicts a beguiling Black woman perched atop a large scalloped shell that appears to have risen from the sea. She is flanked by what appear to be similarly otherworldly men and women, floating among peacock feathers and flower-patterned fabric...
Apr 10, 2023
Harmonia Rosales: MASTER NARRATIVE
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Mar 10, 2023
A conversation between Los Angeles-based artist Harmonia Rosales and exhibition curator Dr. Patricia Daigle, MBMA Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Harmonia Rosales: Master Narrative.