Open House | Cycle of Creativity: Alison Saar and the Toni Morrison Papers


Open House | Cycle of Creativity: Alison Saar and the Toni Morrison Papers

Saturday, February 25, 2023 @ 1:00 pm



Join exhibition curator Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, to celebrate the opening of Cycle of Creativity: Alison Saar and the Toni Morrison Papers and learn about the art on view.  

Shared themes such as musicality, labor, and ancestors flow through the multimedia artworks of Alison Saar and the writings of Toni Morrison. The two artists 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.” 

Cycle of Creativity, on view at Art@Bainbridge February 25 through July 9, 2023, explores these themes that resonate in the works of both Saar and Morrison. Saar’s prints, sculptures, and textiles are brought into conversation with selected papers from Morrison’s archive, which spans her career as an author, essayist, professor, editor, and playwright, and is held in the Princeton University Library collections. 

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, and the Department of English. 

In a linocut print, a dark skinned woman in profile wears a red dress and holds flames in her hands
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