Winfred Rembert

2014 Adderley Lecture

Winfred Rembert

Tower Auditorium

Reception: March 19, 2014 at 5:00pm


A self-taught artist, Winfred Rembert records a painful chapter of American history in autobiographical paintings, created on hand-tooled and dyed leather, which explore the lives of African Americans in Jim Crow-era Georgia.  After taking part in civil rights demonstrations, he survived a lynching only to be sent to prison to do hard labor on a chain gang. Another inmate taught him leatherworking and Rembert began depicting his past in engaging compositions and vibrant color. In many scenes, Rembert offers a raw view of racism, inequality, and violence while celebrating his community’s resilience in the face of such overwhelming injustice.

The Adderley Lecture series features distinguished artists, historians, and writers and was established in 1995 in memory of Tyrone Maurice Adderley. Past Adderley lecturers have included Chakaia Booker, Melvin Edwards, Lorraine O’Grady, Alison Saar, Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, and Fred Wilson, among others.