My Soul Has Grown Deep

Black Art from the American South

Cheryl Finley, Randall R. Griffey, Amelia Peck, and Darryl Pinckney

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June 5, 2018
116 pages, 9 x 10
112 color illus.
ISBN: 9781588396099
Hardcover

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

A new consideration of extraordinary art created by Black artists during the mid-20th century

My Soul Has Grown Deep considers the art-historical significance of contemporary Black artists working throughout the southeastern United States. These paintings, drawings, mixed-media compositions, sculptures, and textiles include pieces ranging from the profound assemblages of Thornton Dial to the renowned quilts of Gee’s Bend. Nearly 60 remarkable examples are illustrated alongside insightful texts that situate them in the history of modernism and the context of African American experience in the 20th-century South. This remarkable study simultaneously considers these works on their own merits while also making connections to mainstream contemporary art.

Art historians Cheryl Finley, Randall R. Griffey, and Amelia Peck illuminate shared artistic practices, including the novel use of found or salvaged materials and the artists’ interest in improvisational approaches across media. Novelist and essayist Darryl Pinckney provides a thoughtful consideration of the cultural and political history of the American South, during and after the Civil Rights era. These diverse works, described and beautifully illustrated, tell the compelling stories of artists who overcame enormous obstacles to create distinctive and culturally resonant works of art.

Cheryl Finley is associate professor and director of visual studies in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University. Randall R. Griffey is curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art and Amelia Peck is Marica F. Vilcek Curator of American Decorative Arts, and manager of The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, both at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Darryl Pinckney is a novelist and essayist.

 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(05/22/18–09/23/18)

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American Quilts and Coverlets in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Amelia Peck; With the assistance of Cynthia V. A.

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Interwoven Globe
The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800

Amelia Peck; With contributions by Amy Bogansky, Joyce Denn

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Marsden Hartley's Maine

Donna M. Cassidy, Elizabeth Finch, and Randall R.

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