Watch an amazing Detroit artist’s vision of American history, culture and activism evolve over the last half century when the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents Transitions of Walter Bailey: An Artist’s Retrospective. Featuring works by the Detroit artist Walter A. Bailey, the exhibition is on display through May 28 at The Wright.
Transitions of Walter Bailey: An Artist’s Retrospective features 50 years of Bailey’s artwork from the 1950’s to the present. Divided into four sections, the exhibition begins with early-childhood pencil drawings, his black expressionism work, “experimental era,” and ends with his current “Art Ain’t Flat No Mo” work. Bailey says, “My next transition will reflect (my) desire to explore new themes, styles, and genres for the next tumultuous decade.”
This exhibition exemplifies the beautiful and evolutionary changes of Bailey’s artistry. As you view the work, you will also notice Bailey’s distinctive use of words and fonts. ‘aCRYLONIC arts,’ for example, is his term for acrylic arts. In this way, he shapes and molds more than his medium of acrylic paint and polymer plastic, he also constructs words to help accentuate the uniqueness of his paintings.
Within his work, Bailey focuses on African American history, culture, and activism. He gives back to the community through education and outreach. He says, ‘Through art as well as mentoring, I wish to pass [my] experiences to the next generation of visionaries.’ Bailey is also a dedicated volunteer at The Wright Museum. We thank him for his many selfless hours working at this institution and for sharing this exceptional exhibition with us all.
Museum hours: Tue.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.
Admission: Adults (13-61) $8, Seniors (62+) and Youth (3-12) $5, Members and Children under 3 FREE