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Rice University is pleased to announce its Centennial Exhibi tion\, Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art\, on view at Rice University Art Gallery Septemb er 13 – November 18\, 2012.  Larry and Brenda Thompson\, parents of 1998 Ri ce alumnus Larry Thompson Jr.\, have collected works not only by acknowledg ed masters but also by those artists outside the canon including emerging\, outsider\, vernacular\, and regional artists. The opening celebration on T hursday\, September 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm will feature a gallery talk by the exhibition curator Adrienne Childs\, PhD. Complimentary beverages inclu ding Pepsi cola and Centenni-Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

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Tradition Red efined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art was curated by Dr. Adrienne Childs for the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts at University of Maryland\, College Park and prese nts the breadth of the Thompsons’ art collection\, which spans the 1890’s t o 2007. Featuring 72 works by 67 artists\, the exhibition seeks to redefine the canon of African American art by offering a more in-depth\, inclusive understanding of the artists and their aesthetic and social concerns. Repre sented are many celebrated figures including Romare Bearden\, Thelma Johnso n Streat\, and Henry O. Tanner\; recognized  contemporary artists including Radcliffe Bailey\, Howardena Pindell\, and William T. Williams\, and talen ted artists identified by the Thompsons including Stefanie Jackson\, Presto n Sampson\, and Joyce Wellman. All of the artists in the exhibition have st rong ties to Atlanta\, Georgia\, the center of a long thriving African Amer ican arts community and where Mr. and Mrs. Thompson resided for several dec ades.

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Says Rice University President David Leebron\, “Rice Universi ty is deeply grateful to Larry and Brenda Thompson for the opportunity to h ost Tradition Redefined\, the nationally recognized collection of 20th Century African American Art. Hosting this exhibition during Rice’s Ce ntennial year celebrates an important collection of American art as well as the diversity of both our country and our university.  Art is one of the i mportant ways we seek to understand our society and express the human exper ience\, and this exhibition continues Rice’s increasing commitment to bring ing important works of art to our campus.  We are pleased to make available this remarkable collection to the Houston community\, and welcome all Hous tonians to our campus to enjoy this unique and exciting collection\, along with all our campus art.”

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Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Br enda Thompson Collection of African American Art is organized by the D avid C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of Afr ican Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland\, Col lege Park.

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