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Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson: Ongoing Catalogue of Art and Exhibitions

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Curator’s comments

In 1993, Aminah Robinson was invited to participate in The Music Box Project, an exhibition organized by Claudia Gould, a former curator at the Wexner Center. For this project, Aminah envisioned the sculpture My Lord, What a Morning, and executed these thirteen drawings as working ideas for the sculpture which incorporated ten antique, wooden organ pipes. Unlike most of Aminah's work, which is representative, each of these studies features an abstracted female figure in the process of bending, stretching, singing, or praying. These figures represent her intention to treat each of the wooden pipes in the complete sculpture as a female form. In the drawings, she intertwined the figures with black curving lines that represent her vision of the iron crowns she planned to place on top of the wooden pipes. Twelve of the studies include phrases from the spiritual My Lord, What a Morning. The remaining study is a sketch for the completed sculpture and includes the words, "Music Box Project Study" and "My Lord What a Morning." The painted studies, which have never been exhibited, complement the sculpture which the Museum acquired in 2005 and provide insight into the artist's creative process. When exhibited with the sculpture, these drawings will present a powerful statement of the artist's intentions.

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