Mingei International Museum
Black Dolls: From the Collection of Deborah Neff
This exhibition presents over 100 unique handmade African-American dolls made between 1850 and 1940.
Faithful yet stylized representations of young and old African Americans, the dolls portray playful boys and girls, finely dressed gentlemen and elegant young ladies, distinguished older men, and stately, determined women of mature years.
The dolls are believed to have been created by African Americans for children that they knew -- members of their own families and communities as well as white children in their charge. Embroidered, stitched, and painted faces express a variety of emotions.
Black Dolls also includes rare 19th- and 20th-century photographs of dolls, clutched by their young owners or posed alone. These provide a fascinating yet somewhat mysterious context for these handmade and cherished companions.
Runs through July 5.
Sunday, April 26, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 21, 2:30 p.m.
|Tuesday||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
|Wednesday||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
|Thursday||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
|Friday||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
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