Columbus Museum of Art

Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson: Ongoing Catalogue of Art and Exhibitions

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Curator’s comments

From left to right:

Go Down Moses, Way Down in Egypt Land

Pen and ink with natural dyes on Pellon™

74 1/4 x 27 1/2 in.

Didn't It Rain Some Today and Night, Judgment Day Is a Coming

Pen and ink on paper

75 1/2 x 14 7/8 in.

Deep River, My Home is Over Jordan

Pen and ink on paper

75 1/2 x 11 3/8 in.

My Lord What a Morning

Pen and ink with natural dyes on Pellon™

74 3/4 x 24 3/4 in.

Although Robinson was raised as a Catholic, she was greatly influenced by the spirituals and gospels she heard on the radio every Sunday and at the Second Baptists Church Sunday school she often attended with friends.

Artist’s comments

I have always done spirituals throughout my life. They are all women because we're the ones who pass it on. During slavery, women were the ones who kept things together. They were strong women like my mother. We don't have that kind of woman now- that kind of strength. We didn't go through those kinds of things the slaves went through. They built the bridges so we didn't have to go through those kinds of struggles. The women in these pictures each symbolize a distinct, traditional spiritual, and they could be [African] women who were enslaved, but they could represent any woman, any time.

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