Art@Bainbridge | Cycle of Creativity: Alison Saar and the Toni Morrison Papers

Alison Saar, Torch Song, 2019. Museum purchase, Kathleen Compton Sherrerd Fund for Acquisitions in American Art. © Alison Saar / courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA. Photo: Jeff Evans

Cycle of Creativity: Alison Saar and the Toni Morrison Papers brings sculpture, prints, and textiles by the mixed-media artist Alison Saar into conversation with the work of Toni Morrison, whose vast trove of papers from her career as a novelist, essayist, playwright, professor, and editor are held in the Princeton University Library. Saar and Morrison share a dedication to giving voice to the Black American experience, drawing inspiration from past generations and creating space for future cultural production through a dynamic that Saar calls a “cycle of creativity.” The exhibition explores themes that resonate in the works of both Saar and Morrison—musicality, labor, and ancestors—through various facets of each artist’s practice.  

Art@Bainbridge is made possible through the generous support of the Virginia and Bagley Wright, Class of 1946, Program Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art; the Kathleen C. Sherrerd Program Fund for American Art; Joshua R. Slocum, Class of 1998, and Sara Slocum; Rachelle Belfer Malkin, Class of 1986, and Anthony E. Malkin; Barbara and Gerald Essig; Gene Locks, Class of 1959, and Sueyun Locks; and Ivy Beth Lewis. Additional support for this exhibition is provided by the Humanities Council; the Lewis Center for the Arts; the Department of Music; the Department of African American Studies; and the Department of English.

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