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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"Ashe to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Imagery" at MOBIA

Xenobia Bailey (1956- )
SISTAH PARADISE'S GREAT WALLS OF FIRE REVIVAL TENT, MYSTIC SEER * FAITH HEALER * ENCHANTRESS EXTRAORDINAIRE
Biblical lore has had a great influence over many African American artists, past and present.  The Museum of Biblical Art explores this relationship with it's current exhibit:  "Ashe to Amen, African Americans and Biblical Imagery."  The word Ashe is a Yoruba word that means to make something happen creatively.  The essence of the word Amen is "so be it."  These two words so beautifully describe, the breadth and depth of the artwork displayed in this exhibition.   Each artist represented has explored their encounter with religion and spirituality and produced something that embodies their personal truth.   Be it a sculpture made from branches and twigs or a head piece made from found glass, whatever the medium the artists religious influences come across loud and clear. You will find pieces by well known artists such as Romare Bearden,  and others you may not have heard of, yet.   It is worth getting the free pre- recorded tour headphones because you'll get a short bio of the artists and their influences.
This exhibit is perfect for most although there is a large crochet tent by artist Xenobia Bailey, (see above)
at the center of the gallery that begs to be entered but you'll have to keep the little ones at bay.  This exhibit is up through May 26th, 2013.
The Museum of Biblical Art
1865 Broadway at 61st
 www.mobia.org


Clementine Hunter (1886/1887-1988)
Baby Jesus and Three Wise Men, c. 1960