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Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

Arts & Entertainment, Art Galleries, Museums, Arts

Description

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, established in 1996, focuses on presenting artwork by women of African descent. The 4,500-square-foot exhibition space is part of the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center, which is named after the wife of comedian Bill Cosby. Much of the work, ranging from paintings to video presentations, explores the struggles of black women in the U.S., but some of the exhibits also touch on broader global and historical topics. As part of its effort to collect the most culturally significant pieces from around the world, the museum recently acquired "Hot-en-Tot," a gelatin silver print featuring an African-American woman wearing nothing but extra-large prosthetic breasts and buttocks. The work was inspired by Saartjie Baartman, an African woman who was exhibited at freak shows in Europe in the 1800s due to her large breasts and other physical characteristics. The photo is part of the 15 X 15 initiative, an ongoing effort to acquire 15 important pieces to commemorate the museum's 15th anniversary. An exhibit titled "American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold's Paintings of the 1960s," featuring the artist's painted quilts, opens in February 2012 and runs through May. Souvenirs and trinkets inspired by the collections can be purchased at the museum's gift shop.

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186 Reviews

186 Reviews

Jon M

10/31/2016

Nice Museum

Paul B

4/10/2017

This museum consistently mounts exhibitions worthy of the best museums in the country. Its focus on collecting and promoting art by women of the African diaspora makes it unique and important. The quality of its presentations make it a must-see stop in Atlanta.

W P

6/3/2019

Unique specialty and boutique items, books and more!

Ray J

10/7/2019

My family and I enjoyed our campus tour during spring break. The museum had paintings on exhibits from Amy Sherald. This is the artist that painted a portrait of the former first lady Michelle Obama. The staff at the campus bookstore was able to answer our question about where the name "Spelman" came from. It was good to hear something about the history of this storied college.

Karen M.

Stars_5

6/9/2018

Highly recommend going to this museum if you are in Atlanta. We didn't have enough time to do the full museum (we were only there for 2 hours, and I take my...read this and 181 more

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