Choose Paint! Choose Abstraction! launches MoAD’s Curator’s Choice exhibition series by featuring nine influential Bay Area artists who over several decades, starting in the 1970’s, consistently chose abstraction over figuration as their preferred approach to art making. Dr. Lizzetta Le-Falle Collins, organizer of the exhibition, former Director of Curatorial Affairs and noted scholar of African American art has elected to inaugurate MoAD’s new visual arts exhibition series with over thirty five paintings by Robert Colescott, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Mike Henderson, Joan Brown, Dewey Crumpler, Jay DeFeo, Arthur Monroe, and Squeak Carnwath. Choose Paint! celebrates their influence on the Bay Area art scene and examines the aesthetic beauty of their work, the expressive power of the medium and the cross cultural exchange between this selected group of black and white artists who helped define the West Coast abstract art movement. The exhibition is on view from March 23 to September 23, 2012.