Event Details

The March on Washington Film Festival is proud to host a 3-day art exhibit complete with lectures on Friday afternoon from artists, executives, and industry insiders spanning generations.

The art exhibit will highlight the Spiral Group, a collective of artists including Romare Bearden, Charles Alston, Emma Amos, Norman Lewis and Hale Woodruff, formed in July, 1963. Inspired by the pending March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the artists met weekly to discuss how they would participate in the March, and then the larger questions of the role of African American artists in politics and the Civil Rights Movement, as well as in the larger art world. They were active through 1965 and organized one group exhibition. Hale Woodruff suggested the name "spiral" in reference to the Archimedean spiral that " moves outward, embracing all directions, yet continually moving upward. It also represented them as a group of individual artists of diverse creative expressions, finding a common voice to address issues of cultural and social concern to all of them.

Our exhibit is a group fine art show that will pair the works and stories from some of the Spiral Group legacy artists along with many contemporary artists who are following in their footsteps, including the artist of our cover image.


March on Washington Film Festival Art Exhibit, Lecture #1 | Friday, July 13th, 1:30pm-2:30pm
A tour and talk on the history of the Spiral Group, and background on their art pieces and those of the contemporary artists in the exhibit.
Lecturer: Najee Dorsey, artist, curator, and founder of Black Art in America

March on Washington Film Festival Art Exhibit, Lecture #2 | Studio Theatre, Saturday, July 14th, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Join us for this informative talk on buying and building your own Black Fine Art collection.
Lecturer: Najee Dorsey, artist, curator, and founder of Black Art in America

  • When: Thursday, Jul. 12 - 4:00 pm
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    Saturday, Jul. 14 10:00 pm

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