july 2023 Events

07jul(jul 7)6:00 pm29(jul 29)8:00 pmEarl J. Hooks Exhibit CatalogJuly 7-July 29

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The Art of Photography: Through the Eyes of Earl J. Hooks Exhibit Catalog

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Exhibition Summary
The ARTfactory celebrates the life, and photography of nationally renowned artist, Earl J. Hooks (1927-2005). For the first time, The Art of Photography: Through the Eyes of Earl J. Hooks brings together fifty photographs spanning over sixty years of the artist’s oeuvre. Well known in the second half of the 20th century for his sculpture and ceramics, The Art of Photography recontextualizes Hooks’ legacy through careful pairings of photographs and three dimensional works. Elevating the artist’s nuanced interest in color, shape, texture, depth, and space, The Art of Photography builds visual connections that redefine Hooks’ studio practice. The ARTFactory is pleased to announce this retrospective is co-curated by Manassas resident, Earl Hooks Jr.

About the Artist
Earl J. Hooks was born August 2, 1927 in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Howard University in 1952, and studied under Lois Malou Jones, James Porter, and James Wells. Hooks went on to complete his graduate studies in 1954 at the Rochester Institute (previously known as the School of American Craftsmen) under Frans Wildenhain. He taught at Shaw University in NC, Indiana University NW Campus, Indiana Public Schools, and at Fisk University in TN, where he worked as both a professor and chair of the art department for 28 years.

Throughout his career, Hooks has exhibited many photographs along with other mediums of art. Hooks’ works have been displayed in exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, Fisk University in Nashville, Howard University, John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Ind., University of Rochester in New York, Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y., Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana, Miami National in Florida, University of Delaware and in Lagos, Nigeria. Hooks is cited in over 40 publications, and participated in the pivotal “Two Centuries of Black American Art” exhibition curated by David Driskell at LACMA in 1976. This historic exhibition was recently featured in the HBO documentary “Black Art: In the Absence of Light” (2021).


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