Take A Walk Through 7 Decades Of Aminah Robinson’s Brilliant Work At CMA’s ‘Raggin’ On’ Exhibition

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For decades, Aminah Robinson was creating stunning artwork from her east Columbus home.

Robinson was born in 1940 in the tight-knit Columbus community of Poindexter Village. The community was vital to many Black Columbus residents and the stories Robinson heard growing up there impacted her art in a very real and meaningful way.

In 2015, Robinson bequeathed nearly her entire estate to the Columbus Museum of Art. Raggin’ On: The Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson’s House and Journals is the largest exhibition of her work since her death and it’s a total celebration of her creativity, vision, and the neighborhood she loved so deeply.

Aminah Robinson, courtesy of Columbus Museum of Art.

Raggin’ On showcases seven decades of Robinson’s art and writing and it’s truly a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the mind of such a talented artist. Visitors are pulled into Robinson’s home and creative process and intention in creating art that celebrates the lives and cultures of Black people.

In addition to Robinson’s art, visitors can view furnishings she created for her home, books from her library, unique collections, ane her fantastic journals.

The exhibition is also accompanied by a massive catalogue of over 200 illustrations as well as essays from Curators Carole Genshaft and Deidre Hamlar and additional scholars including Lisa Gail Collins, Ramona Austin, Lisa Farrington, Debra Priestly, and William McDaniel.

Photo via Columbus Museum of Art.

The exhibition will be on display at the museum until October 3, 2021 and the museum is pulling out all the stops for visitors who are inspired by Robinson’s art. You can order an “Aminah Studio in a Box” kit that can be used for free weekly Studio Workshops for families and kids grades 1-8.

If you’re an adult, don’t think you can’t have a little artsy, Aminah inspired fun as well. You can also order the kit for Aminah’s Art Practice, an adult program offered monthly.

Photo via Columbus Museum of Art.

There is also an artistic journal that can be downloaded from the museum’s website where participants can journal and create some heartfelt pieces of their own.

If you’re looking for a unique experience, you can book a private group tour of the exhibition, lead by the curators who brought the exhibit together. On the tour, they’ll share the stories behind the art and how the exhibition was brought to life.

Robinson’s work is poignant, heartfelt, colorful, creative, and unique. Getting the chance to see so much of her art all at once is an experience any Columbus art lover won’t want to miss.

The Columbus Museum of Art is open Tuesday & Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info about planning your visit, please click here.

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