At center of this exhibition, the monumental installation Birth of a Nation (2014) represents a black woman nursing a white infant against the backdrop of the first official flag of the United States. Suspended above a mound of earth, the quilt is surrounded by Towns’s Story Quilts (2016–2018), a cycle of seven works in luminous fabrics and glass beads that narrate the life of Nat Turner and the 1831 rebellion he led against slavery.
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Jack Whitten made his sculpture privately in Greece—even after he became one of the most important artists of his generation. See these revalatory works for the first time in Odyssey, co-organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tickets available now!
Join Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman for an in-depth conversation with Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley as they delve into the dynamic processes behind their compelling films.