Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery's "Grace" Exhibit is now open in downtown Minneapolis at the Hennepin Theatre Trust Gallery, 900 Hennepin Ave.
"Grace" tells the visual history of church hats and their cultural and spiritual significance for the African-American community. The exhibit is curated by the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG), and is showcased in Hennepin Theatre Trust’s new gallery, a venue designed to provide space for community and cultural organizations to share their stories and art forms with broad audiences.
“We’re really excited about the partnership with Hennepin Theatre Trust,” said Tina Burnside, MAAHMG co-creator and curator. “It’s one of our missions, to provide a safe space for artists to show their work, and that mission is also shared by Hennepin Theatre Trust. We have similar values and viewpoints.”
The exhibit features a variety of art forms, including paintings, photography and hats, and aims to share artists’ diverse perspectives.
“It’s like the hats themselves and the women who wear them,” said Burnside. “It’s an expression of their individuality.”
“Grace” features artwork by Christopher Aaron Deanes, Walter Griffin, Christopher E. Harrison, Sean G. Phillips and Melodee Strong. Hats are by milliner, Angie Hall Sandifer.