Emma Amos weaves spirited stories about black lives that seek to negate an often-jaundiced portrayal of African-Americans in the mainstream public discourse. Amos frames her subjects in both historical and ordinary every-day contexts and thereby manages to dignify, elevate, and democratize black culture. Culling from a long and multi-faceted career in painting, printmaking, and weaving, the New-York based artist often incorporates hand-made or African-sourced textiles within her paintings or frames her work in exuberantly colored fabrics. Now in her late 70s, the artist still produces exquisite works teaming with energy and movement and which exude a quiet beauty that transcends adversity and contempt. At Ryan Lee through December 16.