On a dirt road two women whisper in the foreground while more people stand by and lean on a white car in the background

The Secret, Alachua, FL by Photographer Michael Bühler-Rose

How The Secret, Alachua, FL by photographer Michael Bühler-Rose helps expand our sense of what cultural exchange might mean.

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Lorna Simpson: Artist and Pioneer of Conceptual Photography

A pioneer of conceptual photography, Lorna Simpson is best known for her large-scale works combining images and text. Simpson’s photography often questions and challenges conventional views on gender, sexuality, race, identity, and culture in the United States. Many of her pieces created between 1985 and 1995 incorporate text to complicate the meaning of the image and provide commentary on a variety of issues. Explore Simpson’s works from the Rollins Museum of Art collection

Melvin Edwards: Weapon of Freedom at Rollins Museum of Art

Melvin Edwards (American, b. 1937)Weapon of Freedom, 1986Welded steel11 x 9 x 6 in.The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Gift of Barbara ’68 and Theodore ’68 Alfond, 2014.1.58. © 2015 Melvin Edwards/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Born in Houston, Texas,

Celebrate Black Artists With Resources from the Rollins Museum of Art

The Rollins Museum of Art honors and recognizes the impact that Black artists have in art and culture. Explore the resources below that showcase the rich history and contributions of Black art and artists featured in the Rollins Museum of Art permanent collection. Teaching Portfolios

3 black and white images of a woman and girl at a kitchen table in different sitting and standing positions

American Photographer Carrie Mae Weems

Gain insights into the works of American Photographer Carrie Mae Weems that are featured in the permanent collection at The Rollins Museum of Art.

Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1963) Untitled (Woman with Daughter), From the Kitchen Table Series, 1990 Silver prints, triptych 28 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches each. The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Rollins Museum of Art. Gift of Barbara ’68 and Theodore ’68 Alfond, 2014.1.26. © Carrie Mae Weems. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shaiman Gallery, New York.

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold, From the RMA Collection

As an artist and activist, Ringgold’s career has been dedicated to exploring themes of race and gender equality. She grew up in the creatively fertile Harlem Renaissance, a time and place where perceptions of black culture and identity were redefined. Her work incorporates the narrative traditions of quiltmaking and African American history with great resonance, serving as platform to share her story and that of those before her.

Work of the Week: Danh Vo, “We The People”

Danh Vo’s We The People sheds light on the fragility and malleability of the concepts of freedom and democracy. Created as a series of 250 pieces, it recreates a full-scale replica of the Statue of Liberty, originally constructed by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi. Vo intentionally broke up the replica, its many pieces entering the permanent collections of museums worldwide. The fragments’ diasporic trajectory recall the multiplicity of individual journeys that made their way at the foot of Lady Liberty as they reached Ellis Island. Inherently woven into its many segments is the lingering symbolism of the immigrant dream. But the stakes of that dream have changed, revealing the intricate power systems controlling the arm of democracy.

Work of the Week: Marcus Jansen, “Plot #2”

Marcus Jansen (American, b. 1968) Plot #2, 2018, oil, enamels, mixed media on canvas, 60 x 48 in. Given by Barbara and Theodore Alfond in honor of Anca Giurescu, Ena Giurescu Heller, and Eliane Heller – three generations of courageous

Research Highlights, Part 8: The Archives of American Art

One of the best resources for those of us who study American art is undoubtedly the Archives of American Art. Founded in 1954 in Detroit, the institution was originally intended to collect microfilm of archival material relating to American art