Left: Dennis Jones (American, 1898–1988), Diamond and Bow Tie Variation, about 1970, cotton/polyester blend, polyester, and cotton, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Kempf Hogan, 2005.14.2 Right: Ewe Peoples (African, Ghana), Man's Wrapper (Kente), 20th century, cotton, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Dileep and Martha Mehta, 2013.17.15

Art | Invention

Resonance

February 16 through July 7, 2024

On view in the Folmar and Newman Galleries

Overview

Art | Invention: Resonance puts traditional African art and Self-Taught artists, primarily from the American South, in conversation. Object groupings illustrate the shared creative instinct of people across centuries and continents for communal and individual expression. Each pairing has a unique resonance ranging from functionality to aesthetic design to spiritual beliefs and everything in between.   

With works from self-taught artists—like the Gee’s Bend Quilters and Yvonne Wells— and African cultures such as Yoruba (West Africa), Tutsi (Rwanda), and Asante (West Africa), this exhibition shows the expansive reach of artistic expression and its impact on various individuals and cultures.   

Above (left to right): 

Dennis Jones (American, 1898–1988), Diamond and Bow Tie Variation, about 1970, cotton/polyester blend, polyester, and cotton, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Kempf Hogan, 2005.14.2; Ewe Peoples (African, Ghana), Man’s Wrapper (Kente), 20th century, cotton, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Dileep and Martha Mehta, 2013.17.15

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Organizer

Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.

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