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Dora's Dance

Beverly McIver (American, 1962-)

Created: 2002
Materials:Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 152 1/2 x 122 inches

© 2002 Beverly McIver

Beverly McIver (American, 1962-). Dora’s Dance, 2002, oil on canvas. Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Jay Everette, Ronald Carter, Cheryl Palmer and Frank Tucker, Andy Dews and Tom Warshauer, Dee Dixon, Patty and Alex Funderburg, Michael J. Teaford and R.K. Benites, Sharon and Rob Harrington, June and Ken Lambla, Mike Davis, Judy and Patrick Diamond, Anonymous Donor in honor of Amber Smith, Anonymous Donor. 2013.52. Collection of The Mint Museum.

Attaining national recognition for her autobiographical paintings, Beverly McIver consistently examines racial, gender, and social identities through the lens of her own experiences as an African American female artist. A native of North Carolina, McIver is renowned for her expression-filled, emotive canvases that commemorate her life and the lives of those closest to her — in particular, her mother, Ethel, who passed away in 2004, and her sister, Renee, who is mentally disabled. Her solo exhibition, Reflections: Portraits by Beverly McIver, is on view at the Mint 20 October 2012 – 6 January 2013. Reflections focuses on self-portraits, and on portraits of Renee and other family members. “All of my portraits are self-portraits,” says the artist. “I use the faces of others who reflect my most inner being.”

Among the portraits included in this exhibition is McIver’s masterful painting, Dora’s Dance, 2002. The addition of Dora’s Dance to the Mint’s Modern and Contemporary Collection would enable the Museum to increase its holdings of contemporary portraiture, as well as bolster its representation of nationally-recognized artists residing within our state.