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Orra White Hitchcock
Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863) explores the confluence of art, love, science, and religion in the extraordinary art of Orra White Hitchcock, one of America’s first female scientific illustrators.Learn more
Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts is an invitation to read quilts as maps, tracing the paths of individual stories and experiences that illuminate larger historic events and cultural trends. Spanning the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, the exhibition brings together a collection of quilts from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum that represents a range of materials, motifs, and techniques—from traditional early-American quilts to more contemporary sculptural assemblage.Learn more
John Dunkley is widely considered to be one of Jamaica’s most important historical artists. This first exhibition of his oeuvre outside of his native country creates an international context for its appreciation. Composed of fifty-one works, it includes rare carved wood and stone figurative sculptures, alongside paintings from the 1930s and 1940s, which are known for their distinctive dark palette and psychologically suggestive underpinnings. Dunkley was working at a pivotal time in Jamaica’s history, contributing to the formation of an independent Jamaica. His life and work provide insight into the broader economic and social factors, as well as the popular culture that defined this era in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Accra-based artist and craftsman Paa Joe (b. 1947), known for his fantasy coffins that draw from the traditional Ghanaian custom of abebuu adekai, gained international recognition in seminal presentations like Magicians of the Earth (Pompidou, 1989). This exhibition presents a unique series of large-scale painted wood sculptures commissioned in 2004 and 2005—architectural models of Gold Coast castles and forts that served as holding pens for more than six million Africans sold into slavery and sent to the Americas and the Caribbean between the fifteenth and nineteenth century. Once forced through these “Gates of No Return,” they started an irreversible, perilous journey during which many died. This production alludes to Paa Joe’s coffins, seen as vessels ferrying the dead in the afterlife, speaking to spirits separated from bodies in trauma. Archival documents and recordings accompany the show.
War and Pieced is the first exhibition in the United States to showcase the spectacularly complex geometric quilts made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools derived from British military and dress uniforms. The exhibition will be presented at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Lincoln–Nebraska from May 25–September 16, 2018.Learn more