Southern Roots: The Art of Winfred Rembert

December 14 through March 18, 2018

Winfred Rembert works in the unusual medium of carved and dyed leather, creating vibrant, rhythmic imagery of his life in 1950s Georgia. A storyteller, Rembert reveals images of culture, community, family, and struggle through intense color and repeating patterns. His most recognizable pieces depict pickers at work in the cotton fields, a grueling task the artist himself experienced in his childhood and later on a prison chain gang.

Rembert was arrested during a 1960s civil rights march while escaping from threat of a lynching, and learned the leather trade while in prison. He was eventually released, and transformed his new skills and life story into a unique body of art. Now working in New Haven, Connecticut, he continues to explore his Southern roots, with images that challenge and engage, reminding and teaching viewers of the struggles and lives of African-Americans. Both celebratory and provocative, Rembert’s art is a stirring blend of aesthetics and advocacy.

Featured in the exhibition are over 25 works, including the premiere of several recent paintings by the artist.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Thursday, February 8
Reception and Special Program
5:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Film: All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert (60 mins.)
Winfred Rembert has a lot of stories to tell, from his childhood on a cotton farm to his near lynching during the Civil Rights movement; his life experiences are the bed of work that inspires his artwork. This film documents Rembert’s life and how he his tooled leather artwork has become his biography and therapy. This film was directed by Vivian Ducat of Ducat Media. Ducat is a native New Yorker and strong advocate for the arts. She will join us for the screening and in a Q & A with artist Winfred Rembert following the film.

Thursday, February 8, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert (60 mins.)
Brown Bag Film admission, and coffee and cookies are free.

UNDERWRITTEN BY


Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation


PNC Bank

Winfred Rembert
Dancing at the Juke Joint, 2015
Dye on carved and tooled leather
Courtesy of Adelson Galleries, Boston

Winfred Rembert
Caint to Caint II, 2016
Dye on carved and tooled leather
Courtesy of Adelson Galleries, Boston

Street Scene / Yellow Taxi, 2008
Dye on carved and tooled leather
Courtesy of Adelson Galleries, Boston