Lucas Museum Lends African-American Works
figurative works by Harlem Renaissance and contemporary black artists. A few examples are now on view in a small show at the California African American Museum. "The Notion of Family," a thematic installation of works from the CAAM permanent collection, incorporates several loans from the Lucas collection: photographs by Gordon Parks and Carrie Mae Weems plus a painting by Kadir Nelson, Stickballers (2016).
Nelson is a contemporary illustrator in the Norman Rockwell sense, known especially for his New Yorker covers. Stickballers is part of a series of independent paintings imagining life in the Harlem Renaissance era. Nelson reprised the stickball theme for an April 2018 New Yorker cover.