Enduring Spirit : The Art of Tyrone Geter

March 3 - June 11, 2017

“Throughout my career, the human form has been the mechanism that makes it possible for me to speak my truth about my life, my beliefs, and the varied and colorful histories of my people.” 

-Tyrone Geter

Columbia African-American artist Tyrone Geter debuts an all-new series of large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings in this one-person show of approximately two dozen works. Geter’s work is heavily influenced by his mother, who grew up in the early 20th century amid racial discrimination, poverty, and illiteracy. Through her love, compassion, and desire to do the right thing, she passed her legacy on to her children. Geter uses that legacy in his work, saying, “Throughout my career, the human form has been the mechanism that makes it possible for me to speak my truth about my life, my beliefs, and the varied and colorful histories of my people.” 

Learn more about the exhibition with our multimedia tour featuring in-depth discussions with experts from both inside and outside the art world.

multimedia TAP tour

School visit and lesson plans available here.

From the Exhibition

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Aunt Sarah

Tyrone Geter

Aunt Sarah (2016)

Tyrone Geter

2016, charcoal on paper, 40 x 60 in.

From the series Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone.

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Peaches

Tyrone Geter

Peaches (2016)

Tyrone Geter

2016, pastel on paper, 40 x 60 in.

From the series Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone.

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Saffronia

Tyrone Geter

Saffronia (2016)

Tyrone Geter

2016, pastel on paper, 44.5 x 37 in.

From the series Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone.

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Endangered Species

Tyrone Geter

Endangered Species (2016)

Tyrone Geter

Left: What’s a Mother to Do? #1

Middle: MLM (My Life Matters)

Right: What’s A Mother to Do? #2

charcoal and torn paper

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Just Ain’t What You’re Thinking or A Hoodie Ain’t Nothing Like You Heard #7

Tyrone Geter

Just Ain’t What You’re Thinking or A Hoodie Ain’t Nothing Like You Heard #7 (2016)

Tyrone Geter

2016, charcoal and torn paper, 40 x 45.5 in.

From the series The Art of the Misdirect.

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Just a Brother Stylifying or A Hoodie Ain’t Nothing Like You Heard #5

Tyrone Geter

Just a Brother Stylifying or A Hoodie Ain’t Nothing Like You Heard #5 (2016)

Tyrone Geter

2016, charcoal and torn paper, 44 x 40 in.

From the series The Art of the Misdirect

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Masked and Muzzled or A Hoodie Ain’t Nothin’ Like You Heard

Tyrone Geter

Masked and Muzzled or A Hoodie Ain’t Nothin’ Like You Heard (2016)

Tyrone Geter

2016, charcoal on paper, 46.5 x 31 in.

From the series The Art of the Misdirect.

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Artist Salon: Meet Tyrone and Hafizah Geter

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In this unique Artist Salon, artist Tyrone Geter was joined by his daughter, poet Hafizah Geter, to explore visual art and the written word. This video features selections from this special gallery talk.

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A Conversation With Tyrone Geter, Bing Davis, and Will South

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Recorded March 2, 2017 at the Columbia Museum of Art

In honor of the opening of the exhibition Enduring Spirit: The Art of Tyrone Geter, this conversation brings together CMA Chief Curator Will South with renowned African-American artists Tyrone Geter and Willis “Bing” Davis.

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Artist Tyrone Geter Discusses His Process

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Columbia artist Tyrone Geter debuts an all-new series of large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings in the exhibition Enduring Spirt: The Art of Tyrone Geter, opening on Friday, March 3.

In this video, he works on some of the pieces included in the show while he discusses his process. 

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A Personal Piece by Tyrone Geter

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by Porchia Moore, consulting curator for African-American art

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The CMA would like to thank the following sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

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Supporting Sponsors

  • Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Gimarc

Grantors

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Lipscomb Sponsors

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  • Marcia and Allen Montgomery

Patrons

  • Benedict College
  • Dr. Lemuel Watson and Mr. Gerard Erley
  • Susan Thorpe and John Baynes
  • Ellison Kibler & Associates at Merrill Lynch
  • Leslie and Jeff Archie
  • Katherine and Clarence Davis
  • Jeryl and Tenesia (Kathy) Salmond

Additional Support From

  • Allen and Gladys Coles