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KESHA BRUCE’s (Re)calling & (Re)telling series in permanent collection of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

24 Sep

KESHA BRUCE’s entire 14 piece series, (Re)calling & (Re)telling, enters the permanent collection of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

 

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A huge congratulations to MFA artist KESHA BRUCE for the placement of 14 artworks in the permanent collection of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. 
 
Please contact the gallery for artwork availability from this renowned series.

About (Re)calling & (Re)telling:

For several years Kesha Bruce’s work has used photography as a means to explore new ways of conceptualizing cultural and ethnic identities and histories. Inspired by a collection of old and damaged negatives given to her by her grandfather, (Re)calling and (Re)telling is essentially the next step in the progression of those ideas.

Each photograph in (Re)calling and (Re)telling begins with a single large-format negative. Once a print has been made from the negative, fragments of maps, drawings, or other found imagery are
manually manipulated directly in front of the camera lens, on a delicately lit three-dimensional set, in order to arrive at a final image.

Each image in the series is composed and created “in camera”
without the aid of photo-editing software. (Re)calling and (Re)telling is part history, part personal mythology, and part homage. Each image contains narratives and histories, both real and invented, that give voice to individuals who remain marginalized by the commonly accepted meta-narratives within Western culture.

Please contact Morton Fine Art for pricing and acquisition information.

mortonfineart@gmail.com

(202) 628-2787

Morton Fine Art, 1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

MFA artists on display at African American Museum Dallas

20 Nov

Here are a few shots of works by Jules Arthur, Kesha Bruce, and Mario Andres Robinson currently displayed in an exhibition at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas!

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African-American Museum Breaks Ground In D.C.

2 Mar

by  for NPR

February 21, 2012

President Obama spoke Wednesday at the formal groundbreaking for the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The museum, Obama said, has been “a long time coming” and will serve “not just as a record of tragedy, but as a celebration of life.”

Harriet Tubman’s hymnal — with her name written on the inside cover — “is one of the great treasures of the museum,” says director Lonnie Bunch.

Harriet Tubman's hymnal — with her name written on the inside cover — "is one of the great treasures of the museum," says director Lonnie Bunch.

Courtesy National Museum of African American History and Culture 

Harriet Tubman’s hymnal — with her name written on the inside cover — “is one of the great treasures of the museum,” says director Lonnie Bunch.

Obama said he hopes visitors will see the artifacts of the African-American experience and understand that “ordinary Americans could do extraordinary things” — whether they are inspired by Louis Armstrong’s trumpet, the plane flown by Tuskegee Airmen or Harriet Tubman’s shawl.

Museum director Lonnie Bunch remembers seeing a photograph of Tubman wrapped in the shawl two days before she died. The shawl was a gift from Queen Victoria, who had heard about the escaped slave who had freed so many other African-Americans that she earned the nickname “Moses.”

The museum’s collection also includes Tubman’s hymn book, which she had for 50 years, using songs to alert slaves that it might be time to flee. “The rivers and creeks and streams played a vital role in the Underground Railroad,” says historian Charles Blockson.

References to those waterways were coded into spirituals: “Wade in the water. God’s gonna trouble the water. … The water, the underground, the flow … her spirit is flowing into the National African American Museum,” he says.

When Tubman died in March 1913, her friends gathered at her bedside to sing her favorite spirituals. Blockson says he was touched by the hymnal of this spiritual woman: “They said that she was illiterate, but she attempted to write her name in the book.”

Blockson donated 39 items that belonged to Tubman to the museum. Tubman’s great-great niece, Mariline Wilkins, left the objects to him in her will. Their families, he says, have a connection. “Several of my relatives from the Eastern Shore of Delaware and Maryland escaped with Harriet Tubman,” he says.

The collection includes artifacts ranging from Tubman’s homemade knife, fork and spoon to photographs from her funeral.

Visitors to the museum, which is expected to open in 2015, will also see shards of brightly colored glass from the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., where four little African-American girls were killed in a Ku Klux Klan bombing. But the items the museum has been collecting since 2005 also include Louis Armstrong’s trumpet, funkmaster George Clinton’s iconic stage prop the Mothership, a Jim Crow railroad car, and a Tuskegee airman bi-plane from World War II.

“That’s the greatness of this museum,” says Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad, who was the master of ceremonies for the groundbreaking. It is important to know that the sum of the history of African-Americans is not encompassed by bondage and segregation, she says. “African-American people have contributed much to American culture: in medicine, in education, in art, in music, in dance. Name someplace where we have not been!”

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the museum’s groundbreaking ceremony. “This day has been a long time coming,” Obama said.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the museum's groundbreaking ceremony. "This day has been a long time coming," Obama said.

Susan Walsh/APPresident Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the museum’s groundbreaking ceremony. “This day has been a long time coming,” Obama said.

The museum’s collections, exhibitions and programming are being designed to showcase the richness of the African-American experience. There will be theaters where films and documentaries are screened — and also live interviews with scholars and history-makers. Director Bunch says almost every moment of major transformation in this nation has been shaped by issues of race. The African-American experience is central to the American experience, he says, so the stories this museum will tell are for everyone, of every race.

“The time will come when few people remember drinking from a colored water fountain, or boarding a segregated bus, or hearing in person Dr. King’s voice boom down from the Lincoln Memorial,” Obama said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “That’s why what we build here won’t just be an achievement for our time, it will be a monument for all time.”