Gallery conversations: Marla Jackson’s “Sankofa”


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Please join renowned textile artist Marla Jackson and her assistant, 2007 KU graduate Cynthia Lynn, for a discussion of Jackson's Aaron Douglas-inspired 2007 quilt "Sankofa," which is currently on view in the 20/21 Gallery as part of the Spencer's fall exhibition and celebration of Aaron Douglas.Lynn writes in the label for the work that "Marla Jackson's quilt Sankofa is inspired by the silhouettes in Aaron Douglas's monochromatic art and the celebration of her love for African Americans. The African traditional philosophy of "Sankofa" involves remembering our past in order to move into the future. In her quilt, the figure at the far left looks backwards, but leads the other figures forwards. 'Sankofa' is also the title of a powerful film depicting the origins and remnants of slavery as well as ways to move forward." Jackson and Lynn will also give a gallery talk on Sunday, October 21, at 2 PM.


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