Friday, July 1

Tag: Cleveland Past Masters

Hughie Lee-Smith and the politics of introspection
Politics

Hughie Lee-Smith and the politics of introspection

The most highly acclaimed Black artist to have come out of Cleveland is, by general consensus, Hughie Lee-Smith (1915–1999). The Cleveland Museum of Art website describes him as “one of the most gifted figural painters of his generation.” One of Lee-Smith’s most famous paintings, “Rooftop,” is waiting there for you to consider and contemplate, and maybe discuss with a friend.Hughie Lee-SmithIf you’re interested in learning more about this strangely compelling work, and what led to it, the museum will host a free talk by the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) associate professor of art history David C. Hart tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7 at 12 p.m.In fact, Lee-Smith learned his craft at CIA, and Hart says he thinks Lee-Smith’s paintings have a lot to say to us about life in America.Especially the...