Happy Birthday, Aminah!

Evening with Aminah Robinson and Faith Ringgold
Thursday, October 21, 2010, 6:30 pm

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The celebration of Aminah's 70th birthday, the Columbus Museum of Art hosted a conversation between Aminah and her friend Faith Ringgold, a world renowned artist, author, and social activist. A capacity crowd enjoyed the insightful discussion between the two women in the comfort of the newly renovated Museum auditorium. The funds raised from the event benefit the Aminah Robinson Education Endowment Fund at the Museum.

See and hear the conversation with Aminah and Faith here »

Here are some photographs from the event. Click to view full-size versions.

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Shared Stories: Works by Aminah Robinson and Faith Ringgold

Aminah Robinson and Faith Ringgold

Hammond Harkins Galleries
2264 East Main Street
Bexley, Ohio 43209
October 22 - November 28, 2010

Street Talk and Spiritual Matters: Aminah's Mt. Vernon Avenue
May 20 - September 4, 2011

Aminah's Mt. Vernon Avenue

This exhibition of Aminah Robinson's RagGonNons, paintings, drawings, hogmawg sculptures, prints, and books bring to life the Mt. Vernon Avenue neighborhood, the heart of the African-American community that flourished on the eastside of Columbus from 1900 to 1957. At the heart of the exhibition, are the scroll-like Memory Maps in which Aminah records every detail of the bustling life that energized the street. The Memory Maps became the basis for Aminah's published book, A Street Called Home.

Visitors will be able to gain insight into Aminah's creative process by examining Aminah's original art for the book and the studies that preceded it. Since her childhood growing up in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood, Aminah has been greatly influenced by African-American spirituals she heard in the community's churches and on the radio every Sunday. These haunting melodies were anthems for African Americans during slavery and, on a personal level, provided comfort to Aminah as she struggled as a young artist and as a single parent.

The exhibition features many of the expressive paintings, drawings, and sculptures in which Aminah depicts the spirituals as individual women and as a chorus of women. Special features of the exhibition are recordings of the spirituals and an array of video-taped interviews with people who share firsthand memories and handed-down stories of living and working on Mt. Vernon Avenue.

Ongoing Documentation of Aminah's Work
CMA is currently developing a database of work by Aminah. This database will be available via a Website in late 2010.

Aminah Robinson Documentary Project
The Columbus Museum of Art is creating a documentary DVD that celebrates Aminah Robinson's life and work. The DVD will be completed in early 2011.

Support for planning this project provided by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Aminah Robinson Center
Scheduled to open in 2013, the Aminah Robinson Center will provide a unique site for community interaction inspired by the life and work of this prominent Columbus artist. In addition to featuring Aminah's work, the Center will present programs for audiences of various ages including an annual lecture series and family events. The Center will work with area schools, churches, and civic organizations to use Aminah's work as a springboard to explore issues of self and community identity.

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