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Art in the Garden: Joe Minter

Meet the Artist

A self-taught artist, Joe Minter uses art to tell the story of the history and journey of Africans and African Americans in America. In 1989, he began working on his own sculpture garden, the “African Village in America,” located in Birmingham. Minter feels he is directed by God in this endeavor and creates all of his sculpture from found objects, as he believes that these items contain the spirits of all who have touched them.

Minter was a featured artist in the MMFA exhibition  History Refused to Die in 2015, and his sculptures are part of the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in D.C., and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Joe Minter, Dedicated to All Those Who Served, n.d., found metal, Lent by the artist
Joe Minter, Lumberjack Without a File, n.d., found metal, Lent by the artist

Lumberjack Without a File, n.d., found metal, Lent by the artist

Queen, n.d., found metal, Lent by the artist

The Sweat of the Mule and the Sharecropper, n.d., found metal, Lent by the artist

Tools of the Sharecropper, n.d., found metal, Lent by the artist

The Next Generation of Sharecroppers, n.d., found metal, Lent by the artist

The Zulu Chief Surrounded by Four Warriors, n.d., found metal, Lent by the artist