Best Of 2021

Best portraiture with a purpose: Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum’s ‘Reverberations’

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum’s ‘Reverberations’

I saw “Reverberations” in August 2021, towards the tail end of its run at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg. What impressed me most was the quality and variety of portraits curator Desmond Clark sourced from all over the Southeastern U.S. But “Reverberations” wasn’t just the best collection of portraits I’ve seen all year. It was also the best history lesson; labels next to the work were full of interesting historical tidbits. Did you know that members of the Underground Railroad used quilts to mark escape routes for enslaved African Americans? University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery hosts “Reverberations” through Nov. 5. stcate.com