By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Families will enjoy REPRESENT; 200 Years of African American Art, a beautiful exhibit highlighting more than two centuries of work from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

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The acquisition by the Museum of Henry Ossawa Tanner’s 1898 Annunciation was the first piece by an African American artist acquired by a major art institution. It will hold the viewer’s interest seeing Mary with an angelic apparition.

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Horace Pippin, despite losing use of one arm in World War I, moved back to West Chester, PA and, as a self-made painter, portrayed scenes from African American life. Look for Domino Players in the show. Becoming part of a traveling group from the Museum of Modern Art launched a national career.

Gordon Parks, renowned photographer, writer, composer and filmmaker – the first African American photographer for Life and Vogue magazines – is featured among others.

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Tours for students grades 3-12 are available Tuesday and Thursday mornings and a 45-page resource for teachers and more information may be accessed at