Columbus Museum of Art

Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson: Ongoing Catalogue of Art and Exhibitions

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Curator’s comments

"Before the city of Columbus was established, the neighborhoods that later became Water Street, the Blackberry Patch, and Poindexter Village were covered with deep forest vegetation. The Native Americans and early settlers used the abundant berries, nuts, wildflowers, and roots for food and medicinal purposes." (Carole Genshaft)

Artist’s comments

My uncle said it was very, very, very thick with trees and you could hardly see the sky and there were track marks leading to different villages... the wild blackberries grew everywhere, Walnut trees grew everywhere, big Oak trees grew everywhere... Just think about going down Broad Street now and imagine what this place looked like in ancient days. It's unimaginable. They ate dirt- a certain kind of dirt that they treasured that was sacred and had good minerals- it was good for them and they were healthy.

Visitors’ comments


Life Along Water Street

Exhibition history

Along Water Street: New Work by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson

CMA July 6, 2007-Feb 24, 2008

Ohio tour 2009 (CMA, Akron Art Museum, Decorative Arts Center, Southern Ohio Museum, Springfield Art Museum)

Category of Work

Rag painting and study