PHILADELPHIA PA (December 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--African American Museum in Philadelphia's (AAMP) exhibitions promote our mission to interpret art, history and culture. They inspire, educate, promote dialogue, and bring together community.
Cotton: The Soft, Dangerous Beauty of the Past
Photographs by John Dowell
Photographs by John Dowell
On View: Now until January 21, 2019
The 35 large-scale photographs, installation and altarpiece featured in Cotton: The Soft Dangerous Beauty of the Past explore the dichotomy between the beauty of the plant, and its inexorable link to the horrors of chattel slavery in the U.S. The exhibition also evokes the often overlooked history of slavery in the North, specifically in New York City. Dowell meticulously documents cotton as a symbol to channel ideas, dreams and fantasies—and as a portal to communicate with ancestors and with the viewer.
John E. Dowell is a Philadelphia based, nationally recognized artist, master-printer and photographer. A professor Emeritus of Tyler School of Art at Temple University, for more than four decades, Dowell's fine art prints, paintings and photographs have been featured in more than 50 one-person exhibitions and represented in the permanent collections of 70 museums and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France.
Cotton: The Soft Dangerous Beauty of the Past has been made possible by our sponsor PECO. Additional Support for Cotton has been generously provided by Winston and Carolyn Lowe.
African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876
On Permanent Display
Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776 - 1876, presented by PECO recounts the stories of and contributions made by people of African descent in Philadelphia during the tumultuous years following the founding of our nation. Through this exhibit visitors will learn who the people were, how they lived and worked, and their unheralded impact on our nation.
Among the highlights of the exhibition are:
- A narrated, interactive timeline that spans 100 years of history. The timeline highlights a sequence of images and documents, all drawn from the historical record, that illuminate and explore topics of relevance including entrepreneurship, environment, education, religion, and family traditions.
- Ten full-size video projections of trailblazers from 18th Century Philadelphia including such heroes as Octavius Catto, Richard Allen and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. The individual trailblazers answer questions about their lives during the time period. (left photos)
- Children ages 3 through 8 will enjoy the Children’s Corner, a hands-on installment where they can explore the daily lives of children in Philadelphia during the time period.
Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876 and special exhibitions at The African American Museum in Philadelphia are made possible due to the generous support of our presenting sponsor PECO. Website: https://www.aampmuseum.org