It's #MuseumSelfieDay! 🤳🏽History meets the information age in our galleries where exhibitions are enhanced through a range of digital media. Snap a selfie on your next visit and tag @afamuseum!
Image: Woman with Pink Neck Ribbon, attributed to Jonas W. Holman (1805–1873), probably Maine, United States, c. 1830–1835, oil on canvas. Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, 1995.17.1. Photo by Gavin Ashworth.
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This year's Anne Hill Blanchard Uncommon Artists Lecture presents exciting new research on self-taught art of Ghana in conjunction with our exhibition Paa Joe: Gates of No Return. Learn about fantasy coffins with Kristin Otto, explore Asafo flags with Silvia Forni, and take a closer look at the fascinating world of hand-painted movie posters with Ernie Wolfe! Join us Sunday, January 20 at 10:30 am. Register via the link in our bio.
Image: Daniel Anum Jasper hand painting details on the face of a lion palanquin., photo by Kristin Otto, courtesy of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University.
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Have you hopped on the #TidyingUp bandwagon 👕Whether you fold and store according to Marie Kondo's methods or go your own way, there's no denying a well-kept space can spark joy. Here, artist Clementine Hunter paints a colorful picture of one tidying ritual—wash day.
Image: Wash Day, Clementine Hunter (1886/87–1988), Natchitoches, Louisiana, 1980, oil on canvas board. Gift of Joan Einbender, 2016.28.8. Photo by Adam Reich.
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This work is among John Dunkley’s most complex compositions—one that contains the full breadth of icons and visual strategies that he would use in his other works. Most notably, an orb set against a dark sky crowns the horizon line. The ambiguity of this form, which could be a dusky sun or an autumnal moon, is a distinctive feature of Dunkley’s paintings and reflects his unique handling of light and atmosphere. Although we can see the scene in clear detail, we do not know if it is day or night. See it and others in John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night, the first exhibition of his oeuvre outside of his native Jamaica. Click the link in our bio for hours and directions.
Image: John Dunkley (Jamaica, 1891–1947), Three Spanish Jars, n.d., mixed media on canvas. Private collection. Photo by Randall Richards.
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Join us Tuesday, January 15 at 6 pm as we celebrate artist Paa Joe and the culture of his native Ghana with a screening of the documentary Paa Joe & The Lion, a Q&A with director Benjamin Wigley and curator Valérie Rousseau, a Ghanaian drumming ensemble led by Master Drummer Hola Kutte, and Ghanaian street food by @kelewelenyc! Register via the link in our bio.
Image: Paa Joe & The Lion film poster, courtesy of Benjamin Wigley and Artdocs.
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A symbol of mourning, the willow tree behind the church on this pictorial table rug serves as a reminder that before the advent of the cemetery movement in the 19th century, burial grounds were often located near houses of worship.
Image: detail of Pictorial Table Rug, artist unidentified, possibly Otisfield, Maine, United States, c. 1840, wool appliqué, gauze, and embroidery on wool. Gift of Ralph Esmerian, 2013.1.49. Photo by Stephen Donelian.
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"Well, it's one for the money / two for the show / three to get ready / now go, cat, go!" 🎶 #Elvis, depicted here, blue suede shoes and all, by artist Nellie Mae Rowe, was born on this date in 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Music was integral to Rowe's life, and she was known to play and sing gospel songs for visitors. Do you have a favorite song by the King Tell us in the comments!
Image: Untitled (Elvis), Nellie Mae Rowe (1900–1982), Vinings, Georgia, 1978, crayon and pencil on paper. Gift of Judith Alexander, 1997.1.17. Photo booth Adam Reich.
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The term "fraktur" refers to the embellished calligraphy work produced by Germanic communities in America. Because they were commissioned or received from active members of their own community, fraktur is rarely signed. This Taufschein, or birth certificate, is distinctive for the fresh clear colors and graphic cartoon–like imagery that illustrates the saying “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”—or, as translated here, “in the woods." Image: Taufschein for Johannes Dottere, Northhampton County (or Bird-in-the-Hand) Artist, probably Chestnut Hill Township, Pennsylvania, United States, c. 1831, watercolor and ink on paper. Gift of Ralph Esmerian, 2013.1.32. Photographer unidentified.
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Wistful for summer at Coney Island 🏊♀️ Dive into Ralph Fasanella's large-scale representation of the People's Playground in our exhibition Roadside Attraction, extended through February 7 at the Self-Taught Genius Gallery in Queens. Click the link in our bio to plan your visit the week.
Image: Workers' Holiday––Coney Island, Ralph Fasanella (1914–1997), New York City, United States, 1965, oil on canvas. Gift of Maurice and Margo Cohen, Birmingham, Michigan, 2002.1.1. Photo Gavin Ashworth.
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Happy #Caturday! Known today as chalkware, objects like this congenial cat were produced in America as early as 1768, when stonecutter Henry Christian Geyer advertised plaster of Paris busts of famous public figures as well as animals. By the middle of the 19th century, chalkware provided an inexpensive alternative to imported ornaments fashioned from porcelain, earthenware, and other materials for rural consumers hungry for decorative objects for their homes.
Image: Chalkware: Seated Cat, artist unidentified, eastern United States, 1850–1900, paint on plaster of Paris. Gift of Effie Thixton Arthur, 1963.3.1. Photographer unidentified.
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John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night is an @artforum must-see show! Visit this weekend to see the first major exhibition of work by one of Jamaica's most important artists outside his native country. Click the link in our bio to plan your visit.
Image: John Dunkley (Jamaica, 1891–1947), Jerboa, n.d., mixed media on plywood. The Wallace Campbell Collection, Jamaica. Photo by Randall Richards.
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