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EXHIBITION: Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum: Flagler College, Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center (LMCC), St. Augustine Historical Society (SAHS) are presenting a multi-institutional exhibition and panel series entitled “Magic, Mirth, And Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood.” The exhibition is centered on the lived experiences of writer and curator Shawana Brooks during her pregnancy and the premature birth of her son Roosevelt. Her “musings” are shown alongside artwork by Cheryl McCain, Marsha Hatcher, and Tatiana Kitchen. The visual and literary component is supplemented with local and national statistics on infant and maternal mortality rates that demonstrates current inequities to healthcare access, and draws attention to the institutional bias that Black women continue to face.
Originally organized by Hope McMath at Yellow House in Jacksonville, “Magic, Mirth, and Mortality” was shut down due to the pandemic, and had only a limited public viewing in the Summer of 2020. With the original exhibition as a starting point, this iteration is expanded to include material that reflects St. Augustine and St. Johns County’s unique history. Using their archival collections, each venue historically contextualizes some of the contemporary inequities Black women experience.
All venues for this exhibition are opening on the evening of April 1, 2022, and will run through April 30, 2022. Opening night is free to the public and Old Town Trolley has generously provided transportation for the opening night between venues.
- St. Augustine Historical Society: 5 – 7 PM
- Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center: 7 – 9 PM
The exhibition will be made available virtually and related public programs will be live-streamed. The recordings of each program will also be made available online. Sign Language Interpreters will be available for all panel discussions. Please visit the Events Calendar to see upcoming programs related to this exhibition.
Funding for this program was partially provided through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with Flagler College. “Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood” is also supported in part from grants from The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the St. Johns Cultural Council.
Date/time: April 1 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Presented By:Saint Augustine Historical Society