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 paintings 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.  

Curated by Mitra M. Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.  

View an online gallery of works in this exhibition.

Download the exhibition brochure (PDF)

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.

Virtual exhibition tours are made possible through a partnership with MASK Consortium and a Humanities Council Magic Grant.

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