Feb. 24 Art Minute: Aminah Robinson, “Dad’s Journey,” from “The Ragmund Series: Volume 8, Slave Epics”

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Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (American, 1940–2015), Dad’s Journey, from The Ragmund Series: Volume 8, Slave Epics. Book with mixed media, 1987–2008. Book: H. 16 ¼ in.; W. 13 ¾ in.; Depth 5 ½ in. Museum purchase with funds given by Rita B. Kern and Dorothy M. Price, with additional support from the artist and Hammond Harkins Gallery, and Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Levis, by exchange, 2008.174. Gallery 29.

Columbus, Ohio-based artist Aminah Robinson devoted her career to telling and passing on the untold stories of her family, the black community where she grew up, and the often unsung contributions to American history by African Americans. As part of her 10 unique, handmade volumes of The Ragmund Series of books (acquired by the Toledo Museum of Art in 2007–8), Robinson told the story of her father’s ancestors’ journey from Angola, Africa to America as part of the Atlantic slave trade. Her images and text expressively trace the horror of being kidnapped and forced on a dangerous journey across the ocean in overly-crowded ships to be sold into slavery as plantation workers.

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