Published on February 18, 2022 at 10:46 p.m.
A reflective exhibition of works by black artists, “The Autobiography of Another American: Selections from the Petrucci Family Foundation’s African American Art Collection” continues through July 10, Chrin Gallery, Sigal Museum , Easton.
More than 25 pieces from the foundation’s collection, including textiles, paintings, prints, photographs, films and sculptures, are on display.
According to Megan van Ravenswaay, executive director of the Sigal Museum, the selected works explore American patriotism and identity as it relates to the black American experience.
“What does it mean to be patriotic? Who comes to mind when we think of an American patriot? Can we redefine and reimagine our symbols of patriotism or our expressions of allegiance? van Ravenswaay asks, reading pointed questions written on the gallery wall.
Playing on a nearby screen is “In Plain Sight,” a Kambui Olujimi video featuring Marvin Gaye’s 1983 performance of the United States national anthem.
Chawne Kimber’s “Cotton Sophisticate” (2015; American Made Brand (AMB), solids, muslin back, #12 Pearl cotton, 72″ x 72″) is the first piece visitors see when stepping off the elevator to the second floor gallery space. “In essence, I’m a sophisticated cotton picker” reads a patchwork strip stitched onto the colorful quilt.
Kimber was a professor and head of the math department at Lafayette College during her 20 years there. The artist and activist is Dean of the College of Washington and Lee University.
The work is on loan from Kimber and the International Quilt Museum, Lincoln, Neb.
Among the selections from the Petrucci Collection on display is a whimsical yet symbolic farm-themed sculpture by Syd Carpenter, “Albert and Elbert Howard (2014; clay and steel, 49″ x 42″ x 27”).
“Feeding the Veins of the Earth (Grounded Angel)” (2020; oil, charcoal, India ink on unstretched canvas, 100″ x 84″) by Imo Nse Imeh is a prodigious work, dramatically depicting a black man kneeling pushing into the ground, part of the Artist’s Benediction series.
“Taxes on Us Without Our Consent” (2009; serigraph, 23″ x 27.3″) depicts two events in United States history. An image of the Boston Tea Party is juxtaposed with one of the civil rights marchers docked at the Edmond Pettus Bridge. This is one of two prints by Faith Ringgold.
“These prints are very special to us,” says van Ravenswaay, adding, “They were created in College Hill.”
Exhibit-centric programming includes a conversation with Kimber monitored by the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society via Zoom, at 6 p.m. on Feb. 24.
The Sigal Museum will host “Growing Up Black in Easton: An Afternoon with Dr. Karen Britt” as an in-person event on February 26 at 1 p.m.
The goal of the exhibit, curated by Petrucci Family Foundation director Claudia Volpe, is “to affirm the role of black Americans in shaping our national identity and to elevate civic engagement and constructive patriotism. as a valid and wholesome expression of love of country”. .”
“Another American’s Autobiography: Selections from the Petrucci Family Foundation’s African American Art Collection,” through July 10, Chrin Gallery, Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society, Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton St., Easton . Gallery Hours: 10am-4pm Thursday-Saturday; noon – 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday to Tuesday. https://sigalmuseum.org/; 610-253-1222
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PRESS PHOTO BY ED COURRIER Megan van Ravenswaay, Executive Director of the Sigal Museum, with ‘Another American’s Autobiography: Selections from the Petrucci Family Foundation’s Collection of African American Art’, Chrin Gallery, Sigal Museum, Easton.