Cotton: The Soft, Dangerous Beauty of the Past
Friday, September 14th | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Free with RSVP
Join us for Cotton: The Soft, Dangerous Beauty of the Past featuring photography by celebrated Philadelphia artist, John E. Dowell.
The 35 large-scale photographs, installation and altarpiece featured in Cotton explore the dichotomy between the beauty of the plant, and its inexorable link to the horrors of chattel slavery in the U.S. The exhibition also evokes the often overlooked history of slavery in the North, specifically in New York City. Dowell meticulously documents cotton as a symbol to channel ideas, dreams and fantasies — and as a portal to communicate with ancestors and with the viewer.
This reception is free and open to the public, and will include wine and light fare.