Seminal Works from the N'Namdi Collection of African-American Art

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Oakland University


Excerpt from essay by George N'Namdi: One of the reasons I started collecting was that the rebellion of the 60s induced in me this strong desire to preserve the culture of African-American people and I began to wonder specifically how I could preserve the culture through supporting and preserving visual arts, theater, dance and so on.

Collecting art is important because it changes people’s perception on life. It changes the activities they do. It changes their relationship with people and the way they think about things. It changes conversation. It makes them see the world differently.


Catalog of an exhibition held at the Oakland University Art Gallery, September 6 – October 12, 2008. Contains essays by George N'Namdi and Dick Goody.


Oakland University Art Gallery, Oakland University. College of Arts and Sciences, Exhibition catalogs, N’Namdi, George, Alston, Charles, Araújo, Emanoel, Bearden, Romare, Booker, Chakaia, Bowling, Frank, Carter, Carol Ann, Carter, Nanette, Clark, Ed, Colescott, Robert, Delaney, Beauford, Gentry, Herbert, Gilliam, Sam, Hammons, David, Hunt, Richard, Hutson, Bill, Johnson, Rashid, Jones, Phyllis Dianne, Lane, Artis, Lawrence, Jacob, Lewis, Norman, Loving, Alvin, Mayhew, Richard, McGee, Charles, McGhee, Allie, Mitchell, Tyrone, Pimentel, Vicente, Pindell, Howardena, Saar, Betye, Saunders, Raymond, Scott, John, Searles, Charles, Smith, Vincent, Thompson, Bob, Whitten, Jack, Williams, Bernard, Williams, William T.