Circe, 1977. Courtesy Estate of Nanette Bearden and DC Moore Gallery, New York.
Circe, 1977. Courtesy Estate of Nanette Bearden and DC Moore Gallery, New York.

Circe, 1977. Courtesy Estate of Nanette Bearden and DC Moore Gallery, New York.

“Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey,” a dazzling exhibition of collages and other works by one of the most powerful and original artists of the 20th century, is open at the Michael C. Carlos Museum until March 9, 2014.

Curated by the esteemed scholar Robert G. O’Meally, this exhibition reunites the 1977 series in all its glory.

In the unique language of visual art, “Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey” is a startling retelling of Homer’s ancient story of Odysseus, the “man of many ways” who faces temptations and battles adversaries to make his way back home to Ithaca.