Hammonds House African American Museum Presents Women in Culture Exhibit
Atlanta, GA – The Culture Exhibition at the Hammonds House Museum: Highlights of the Hammonds House Museum Collection features works by some of the world’s greatest African-American artists and will be on view until January 30, 2022. Guests of all ages discover and explore art in the ambience of this beautiful 1857 Victorian home. Not only are visitors interested in seeing so many images and styles of artwork ranging from abstract to traditional to the contemporary, but they are delighted to see a lot of art created by women.
“When I selected works for this exhibition, I knew I wanted to include some of the phenomenal works of art made by women in our collection,” said Karen Comer Lowe, Managing Director and Chief Curator of the Hammonds House Museum . “For so long, women have been under-represented in museums, especially women of color. As more women become curators and take on more leadership positions in museums, there is room for all of us to do better. “
Here are some of the women whose works are featured in Exhibiting Culture. Come see their work and art by other women artists when you come to the museum. To plan your visit, go to: hammondshouse.org.
Elizabeth Catlett has produced an unprecedented body of politically charged and aesthetically compelling graphic art and sculpture. Additionally, her impact as an educator was viewed as transformative, not only because of her teaching methods, but also for her determination to showcase museums to students at a time when African Americans were not. not allowed. She has lived in the United States and Mexico and has dedicated herself to creating art primarily for African American and Mexican audiences, determined to bring the dignity, strength and enduring achievements of black women and other oppressed peoples to the table. .
Lynn Marshall Linnemeier has been documenting the American South since 1989 and works both figuratively and abstractly. She researches and collages photographs, paintings and writings, with primary source material from diaries and letters, which she incorporates into multimedia quilts based on images, 2D and 3D sculptures and mixed multimedia works. Her vibrant paintings are inspired by African American and Indigenous cultural traditions as well as the stories of people she meets on her travels.
Self-taught folk artist Nellie Mae Rowe has spent her entire life in rural areas near Atlanta, Georgia. Although she enjoyed drawing from an early age, she came to art late in her life, after the death of her second husband. For the last fifteen years of her life, Rowe lived in Vinings, Georgia, and welcomed visitors to her “Playhouse,” which she decorated with found object installations, handmade dolls, chewing gum sculptures and hundreds of drawings. She drew symbolic motifs from a personal mythology that reflected her rich imagination, Christian faith, and African-American spiritual and storytelling traditions. Rowe’s work often included animals, human figures, plants, and decorative designs.
Originally trained as a painter, Renée Stout moved to Washington, DC in 1985 and began to explore the spiritual roots of her African-American heritage through her work and eventually became the first American artist to exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Inspired by the African diaspora, as well as everyday life and current affairs, she employs a variety of media including painting, drawing, mixed sculpture, photography and installation to create works that encourage self -examination, introspection and the ability to laugh at the nonsense of life.
Mildred Thompson’s work spans four decades and spans several genres of fine art. During her career, she has also made significant contributions to the fields of creative writing and journalism, filmmaking, music, digital media and has been a dedicated educator. In the 1970s, Thompson exclusively defended the language of abstraction. Her practice transcends trends and narratives about her generation, race and gender. She defied the norms and refused to be categorized. Thompson created a visual language inspired by scientific and musical systems.
She sought to visualize elements and experiences invisible to the naked eye, with an affinity for the subjects of time, space and sound.
Hammonds House Museum is generously supported by the Fulton County Council of Commissioners through Fulton County Arts and Culture, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta , the National Performance Network, AT&T and WarnerMedia.
The mission of the Hammonds House Museum is to celebrate and share the cultural diversity and important heritage of artists of African descent. The museum is the former home of the late Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds, a distinguished Atlanta physician and avid patron of the arts. A 501 (c) 3 organization, the museum offers rotating exhibitions, artist talks, exhibition tours, arts education programs, family days, virtual programs and other cultural events throughout of the year. Located in a beautiful Victorian home in Atlanta’s West End, the Hammonds House Museum is a cultural treasure and a unique place. For more information and to find out how you can support their mission and programming, or become a member, visit their website: hammondshouse.org.