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Whitfield Lovell: Deep River

The Cummer Museum is presenting Deep River, a huge installation by artist Whitfield Lovell, which was organized by the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The exhibition features a multimedia experience inspired by the flight of African Americans from slavery during the Civil War. Deep River expresses Lovell’s interest in Camp Contraband, a safe haven for former slaves on the north bank of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. Visitors take a symbolic journey in search of liberty through the creative combination of sculpture, video, drawing, sound and music.

A collection of 56 charcoal portraits presented on round wooden disks were inspired by Lovell’s personal collection of studio photographs, tintypes, cabinet cards and postcards. The portraits represent those who may have journeyed on a quest for freedom. They begin from the middle of the gallery, outward, representing the movement from oppression to emancipation. A projection of flowing water and the sounds of the environment circulate around the gallery and surround visitors to include them as participants in the journey to freedom. Through September 13, 2015

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