Columbus Museum of Art

Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson: Ongoing Catalogue of Art and Exhibitions

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Curator’s comments

For this project, Cincinnati gallery owner Carl Solway suggested Robinson use antique wooden organ pipes that he located in a second hand shop in Cincinnati. He also arranged to have the iron pieces, that adorn the pipes, forged according to Robinson's designs. The pipes were brought to Robinson's house in Columbus where she painted them. The ten pipes represent female figures who have endowed the earth with life. Strong women like these held their families together during slavery and passed on spirituals like My Lord, What a Morning to their children. The crowns suggest the iron gates slaves were made to forge on the plantations where they worked. Each pipe contains a 72-note musical movement.

Artist’s comments

Claudia Gould, a former curator at the Wexner Center in Columbus, contacted me after she went to New York. She had this idea about a project combining art with original music-box music. I gave her some of my Symphonic Poem music, but it wouldn't work for the music box. So I said, "What about the old spiritual, My Lord, What a Morning?" She went to Switzerland where the music boxes were made and had the work translated to the music box.

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Exhibition history

Symphonic Poem and Tour

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