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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM
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Purvis Young

Born in Miami, FL, 1943
Died in Miami, FL, 2010

Day 13: Purvis Young

Self-taught artist Purvis Young made lurid and kinetic large-scale paintings and murals depicting the people of his hometown of Miami. He blended wild horses, jazz singers, and scenes from ancient battles, making poignant social commentaries on urban life.  One of his most famous works is Goodbread Alley, his 1972 public mural at the intersection of Northwest Third Avenue and 14th Street in the Overtown district in Miami.

Watch this video as Purvis Young talks about the social commentary of his art.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008 Protest: Purvis Young, GalleryBar, New York, NY
2007 Painted Protests: Purvis Young from the Tampa Museum of Art’s Collection, Tampa Museum of Art,
Tampa, FL
2006 Purvis Young: Paintings from the Street, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL [cat.]
2005 Purvis Young Urban Painter Retrospective 1969-2004, Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art,
Savannah, GA
2004 Purvis Young - The Rubell Donation, The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2008 HEXAGONE (A Hex Is Gone), Miami Art Space, Miami, FL
2007 Self Taught: 7 African American Vernacular Artists, Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, Coastal Carolina
University, Conway, SC; traveled to Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
2006 Miami in Transition, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
2004 African-American Art from the MFAH Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX
2003 African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, New York Historical
Society, New York, NY; traveled to Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville, TN;
The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville, FL; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati,
OH; Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; Long Beach
Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT; Spelman College
Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA [cat.]

Selected Collections

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY


30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.



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