African American Museum Shows Striking Photography And More In New Fall Exhibition Cotton


The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution dedicated to showcasing the work and history of African Americans to be built by a major American city.

Now, the newest fall exhibition at AAMP retells parts of American slavery through a nontraditional lens: cotton. John E. Dowell is a Philadelphia-based visual artist who, through photographs, installations and altarpieces, created Cotton: The Soft, Dangerous Beauty of the Past.

“These works are a visual exploration of the role of cotton in shaping that past, as well as our present,” said Dowell.

FAST FACTS

  • Cotton: The Soft, Dangerous Beauty of the Past runs at the African American Museum in Philadelphia September 14-January 21.
  • The exhibit features 35 medium to large-scale photographs, installations and…

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