Where To See Aminah's Work

Upcoming Exhibitions

Street Talk and Spiritual Matters: Aminah's Mt. Vernon Avenue
Columbus Museum of Art
May 20 – Sept 4, 2011

Aminah's Mt. Vernon Avenue

This exhibition features Aminah Robinson's RagGonNons, paintings, drawings, hogmawg sculptures, prints, and books about Mt. Vernon Avenue, the heart of the African-American community from the 1900s to the 1960s. While the discrimination of Jim Crow abounded outside the neighborhood, the Mt. Vernon area was a tight-knit community where family and commercial life flourished. Aminah captured this spirit in "Memory Maps" that document the lively street life and each shop, church, and business establishment on the street. Her depiction of civil rights protests and Marcus Garvey back-to-Africa parades allude to the serious civil rights issues that plagued African Americans outside the neighborhood at the time. In order to add context to Aminah's work, the exhibition includes video-taped interviews of individuals who share their memories and stories about living and working on the street.

When Aminah was growing up in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood, she was captivated by the African-American spirituals she heard emanating from area churches and radios on Sundays. She represents her interpretation of these spirituals in drawings, watercolors, and the monumental sculpture, My Lord, What a Morning. My Lord, What a Morning consists of ten, large wooden pipes from an antique organ. Each pipe has music box workings that play the spiritual, My Lord, What a Morning. Each pipe, which is topped with a wrought iron crown, represents a woman and together the ten pieces create a choir. My Lord, What a Morning will be surrounded by thirteen watercolor studies that have not previously been exhibited with the piece. For the first time, Aminah's twenty-six original drawings for The Teachings, a book of spirituals published in 1992 will be on view.

My Lord What A Morning

Ongoing Collections/Exhibitions

ACA Galleries
529 West 20th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Tel: 212-206-8080
This gallery represents Aminah and sells her work.

Baker University Center
Ohio University
One Park Place, Athens, OH 45701
Tel: 740-593-4020 | Fax: 740-593-0223
Aminah's Characters of Poindexter Village are embedded in the terrazzo floor of the first-floor entrance of the Baker Center, the student union which was dedicated in 2007.

Columbus Metropolitan Library
96 S. Grant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
Aminah's 1990 commission is located on the library's grand staircase. More of her work is on view in the history department.

Columbus Museum of Art
480 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
The artist's work is often on view in both the Museum's permanent collections and special exhibitions.

Fisher College of Business
2100 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Aminah's cloth painting 15th and High is located in the business school at the Ohio State University.

Hammond Harkins Gallery
2264 E. Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209
This gallery represents Aminah and sells her work.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513.333.7500 or 877.648.4838
Journeys, two monumental RagGonNons, were commissioned by the Freedom Center and hang in its multistory, second-floor exhibition space.

Poindexter Village Administration Building
240 N. Champion Avenue
Columbus, OH 43203
Mon-Fri, 8 am–4:30 pm
The Life and Times of Rev. James Preston Poindexter and President Roosevelt in Poindexter Village, both paintings on cloth, are on view.

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