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Evans-Tibbs Archive of African American Art

February 23 from 10:30 to 4:00
East Building Library

Join us at the National Gallery of Art Library and help to improve and create Wikipedia articles about African American art and artists.

The Edit-a-Thon accompanies the exhibition In the Library: The Evans-Tibbs Archive of African American Art, which showcases the life and work of Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr., an accomplished art appraiser, broker, collector, and dealer, as well as the founder and director of his eponymous art gallery in Washington, DC. Tibbs is best known for his donation to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, now an important part of the National Gallery’s holdings by African American artists. To support his research, Tibbs amassed approximately more than a thousand reference files comprising more than 70 boxes of material documenting art of the African diaspora. Tibbs opened up his reference collection, now commonly known as the Evans-Tibbs Archive, to artists, students, and scholars. The archive includes correspondence, exhibition pamphlets, gallery records, photographs, and other ephemera that illustrate the history of the Tibbs family, the Evans-Tibbs Collection, and African American art.

The event features special remarks by Steven Nelson, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.

No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary; training will be provided. Reference materials from the Library’s collection and the Evans-Tibbs Archive will be readily available.

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Howardena Pindell, artist file, mixed materials, 1980s, National Gallery of Art Library, The Evans-Tibbs Collection, Gift of Thurlow Evans Tibbs Jr.

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