Palm Wine: A Cultural Touchstone

Elemu palm wine seller painting
Article by Elizabeth Robson

This collection of Modern African Art has much to teach us, and has led to some very interesting research “rabbit-holes”. Discover more about an important cultural element that is depicted in several of the artworks, and has a very broad history, from prehistoric times to the 21st century.

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Elemu palm wine seller painting
Bottles of Pamii palm wine

Outreach Programs with The Links, Incorporated and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Article by Elizabeth Robson and Tashae Smith

One of the goals of this grant project is to present outreach programs to the public, both virtually and in-person. So far, we have had the opportunity to participate in two such programs, partnering with The Links, Incorporated and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. In this post, we will be sharing the details of these programs, including feedback we received and our key takeaways.

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Physical Forces and Inherent Vice

Article by Elizabeth Robson

Physical forces, like drops, scrapes, or bumps, may be what most people think of when it comes to damages to artworks, so this is the first Agent of Deterioration I am covering. There may also be inherent aspects which can cause cracks to form in paintings, and the consequences and treatment options for these can be quite different. Read more to learn why!

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The Garden of Eden v.s. The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man

Article by Tashae Smith

For this post we will be taking a closer look at Jimo Bola Akolo’s The Garden of Eden and Peter Paul Rubens’ and Jan Brugehel the Elder’s The Garden and Eden with the Fall of Man to see how the same idea or story can be depicted differently by artists.

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About the Fellowship

A partnership between the Chrysler Museum or Art and the Hampton University Museum

Survey, Inventory, Conservation, Storage

In 2021, The Chrysler Museum of Art, in partnership with the Hampton University Museum was awarded a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The highly competitive grant aims to diversify the field of Curation and Conservation by conducting a three-year pilot fellowship program for two aspiring museum professionals who have completed master’s degrees. The curatorial fellow, Tashae Smith, and the conservation fellow, Elizabeth Robson, will examine the Chrysler Museum’s traditional African collection and Hampton University Museum’s Harmon Foundation Collection of Modern African Art. Their work will demonstrate the ongoing importance of collecting, preserving and studying non-Western art.

About The Fellowship
Survey, Inventory, Conservation, Storage

Thank you to our partners

For making this fellowship possible

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