COLLECTION HIGHLIGHT

Steve Prince, Rosa Sparks, 2017

June 1, 2020 - October 1, 2020

 

In Rosa Sparks, self-proclaimed art evangelist Steve A. Prince presents a tableau of black experience in America by recreating the momentous event in Montgomery, Alabama, where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to white passengers. At the front of the bus, a haloed Parks sits defiantly in response to the standing bus driver’s gesture that she move to the back. At the left, a line of figures, some in silhouette, represent the experiences of black Americans—from the chains of slavery to present-day threats of gun violence. They are joined by references to others inspired by Rosa's spark, civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. A rider at the back of the bus holds a Bible turned to Matthew 5:3–10. This passage describes the  Beatitudes, beginning with "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven...."


His work is an unending exploration of that faith and its relationship to his life, his culture and his community. "We are all living epistles," notes Prince, “whether we want to be or not." His work is an open letter to Americans calling them "to acknowledge their role within the fabric of the American family and to redress race, representation, and education with a new raiment woven of respect, truth and equality."


Prince is a native of New Orleans. He earned his BFA from Xavier University of Louisiana and his MFA from Michigan State University. He has shown his work internationally in various solo, group, and juried exhibitions including the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, the National Gallery of the Bahamas, the Museum of Cultural Arts Center (Santa Catarina, Brazil), the Grand Rapids Museum of Art, the Portsmouth Courthouse Museum, Hampton University Museum, the Museum of African American Culture (New Orleans), and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center.

 



Snapshots

Dickinson Experiences of the Pandemic 2020

December 15, 2020 - January 1, 2021

This project compiles smartphone photographs documenting the experiences of Dickinson students, faculty, and staff during the pandemic. These photographs provide a window into how the Dickinson community responded to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic from March 2020 through December. It is part of the museum's exhibition In light of the Past: Experiencing Photography 1839–2021. 



Imagining the Divine

Religious Mythology and Art

February 15, 2021 - April 17, 2021

This selection of works from the museum’s permanent collection considers how artists manifest notions of spirituality in the visual arts. The exhibition is curated by Abbie Cottle ’20, a religion and archaeology major.

 



Juneteenth

Celebrating the End of Slavery in the United States

June 18, 2021 - June 21, 2021

The museum will be closed Saturday, June 19. It will reopen to the college community (students, faculty, staff) on Monday, June 21.

In celebration of Juneteenth, we present here from the museum's collection this handcolored print from Harpers Weekly (January 1863) which commemorates Emancipation.

Juneteenth commemorates the date, June 19, 1865, when Union Army general Gordon Granger proclaimed freedom for slaves in Texas. President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 had officially outlawed slavery in Texas and the other states that had rebelled against the Union almost two and a half years earlier. Enforcement of the Proclamation generally relied on the advance of Union troops. Texas, as the most remote of the slave states, had seen an expansion of slavery and had a low presence of Union troops as the American Civil War ended; thus, enforcement there had been slow and inconsistent prior to Granger's announcement. Although the Emancipation Proclamation declared an end to slavery in the Confederate States, slavery was still legal and practiced in two Union border states – Delaware and Kentucky – until December 6, 1865, when ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolished chattel slavery nationwide.

This print is a gift to the museum from Darlene K. Morris in honor of the Hackenbergers and Heimbaughs.