Grass Roots African Origins of an American Art

Grass Roots African Origins of an American Art is a major exhibition at McKissick Museum in Columbia, South Carolina tracing the history and artistry of southern sweetgrass baskets and their cousins in Africa. The exhibit is scheduled to run from February 13, 2010 to May 8, 2010. Five years in the making, this extensive presentation is the first to definitively chart the migration of enslaved Africans, their rice, and the baskets necessary to process this grain, to the shores of Carolina. McKissick Museum staff worked with the Museum for African Art in New York, the organizing institution for the exhibition, the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston and the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival Association (South Carolina) in addition to a distinguished a group of nationally prominent historians, geographers, anthropologists, filmmakers and curators to assemble this remarkable collection of hundreds of objects and accompanying documents, photographs, and agricultural implements in order to tell the full story.

The exhibit is available for booking at qualified locations. Please contact Ja-Nae Epps at 803-777-2876 for additional information about the tour.

Featured Events While at McKissick Museum

Grand Opening
Saturday, February 13th, 2010 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 a.m. - Tour of exhibition by professors Dale Rosengarten and Nakia Wigfall
12:00 p.m. - Peter Wood lecture on the history of Africans in South Carolina and the rice industry.
1:00 p.m. - Film "Grass Roots: The Enduring Art of the Lowcountry Basket" by Dana Sardet.
There will also be a children's art activity table from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Basket Day
Saturday, April 17th, 2010 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Basket makers from the Charleston area selling handcrafted baskets on the Horseshoe.

Sweet Grass Sundays
February 21, March 21, April 18, 2010
1:00 - 4:00 pm

For additional information and background about Gullah Sweetgrass basketry visit BasketMakers.com.

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