“Links and Lineage” Painting Now on Display at University Hall

Colleen Locke | September 23, 2016
<em> Links and Lineage </em> depicts three generations of black women braiding each other's hair.

Links and Lineage depicts three generations of black women braiding each other's hair.
Image by: Colleen Locke

Exhibitions for New University Hall Gallery Also Announced

Students coming off the fourth-floor elevator in UMass Boston’s University Hall will notice a new piece of artwork on the wall this fall. In April, the group The Links, Incorporated donated a painting called Links and Lineage. It was installed at its new permanent home in University Hall this summer, joining other works in the university’s Arts on the Point collection.

Artist Paul Goodnight painted Links and Lineage in 1986 on commission by the Middlesex County chapter of The Links, Incorporated, which sought a painting that celebrated womanhood for the group’s 10th anniversary. Links, Incorporated is an international volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

Links and Lineage depicts three generations of black women braiding each other’s hair. Over the last 30 years, the painting has been featured on greeting cards and the television show Seinfeld. The painting itself has traveled to Carney Hospital, Jewish Memorial Hospital, Milton Academy, and Wheelock College, before arriving at its permanent home at UMass Boston.

“The Links, Incorporated commissioned this piece of art to teach us all a lesson about our interconnectedness as one family. We are so grateful they are now gifting it to the University of Massachusetts Boston, where we believe our interconnectedness is one of the most important things our students can grasp on our campus and take with them when they graduate,” Chancellor J. Keith Motley said at a recent dedication.

“I hope this art installation in University Hall inspires young people on this campus, especially young women of color, to develop the types of relationships we all are fortunate enough to share with each other. I hope it will encourage them to find a role model at this university, but also to give back, and to serve as a role model to others,” Angela Motley, a member of The Links, Incorporated, said in her remarks.

“It’s a piece that is about femaleness. It speaks about womanhood in many respects. The majority of the pieces that we have on campus are by male artists,” Senior Lecturer in Art Carol Scollans told UMass Boston Today. “It also speaks to cultural diversity, which is a principal aspect of what this campus is all about.”

Students, faculty, staff, and UMass Boston visitors will see some additional art on campus now that the University Hall Gallery is open. Scollans is the guest curator for exhibitions featuring artist Todd Pavlisko (through October 20), and the late impressionist painter John Joseph Enneking (October 21-December 20). The work of the late watercolor artist Richard Yarde will be featured in the gallery next spring.

Scollans says the goal for this Art Department-run space is to be open year-round, with walk-in hours on the weekdays, and lectures and other events on the weekends. The gallery is separate from the student-run Harbor Gallery, which is open weekdays during the academic year on the first floor of McCormack Hall.

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