David Driskell. Photo Provided by Portland Museum of Art

David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History

Spanning seven decades, this survey of Driskell’s art moves the center of critical art history to Driskell’s arenas: Washington, DC; Talladega, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee; Hyattsville, Maryland; and Falmouth, Maine.

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Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101 United States
(207) 775-6148
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Saturday, June 19 – Sunday, September 12

Born in Eatonton, Georgia, David Driskell (1931–2020) was a revered American artist whose work inspired generations of artists and audiences alike. Icons of Nature and History reveals the artist’s aesthetic inheritances from home, family, the South, and his formative education—at Howard University, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and the Catholic University of America—as well as the influence of his sojourns to Europe, Africa, and South America. His artistic evolution is marked by distinctive eras, experiences, and experiments with media. What remains steadfast in his paintings and collages is a commitment to a symbolic form that elevates the mind and the spirit above that which exists in the physical world: these are Driskell’s icons.

All works of art are by David Driskell unless otherwise noted.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Free admission all day)**
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.