Deborah Muirhead’s abstract paintings tell tales of early African-Americans

“Deborah Muirhead: Fly Away,” Purdue University’s Stewart Center Gallery, West Lafayette, IN. Through Oct. 7.

Tim Brouk in the Journal & Courier reports: “In 1991, a large burial site for some of the earliest African-Americans was excavated in posh lower Manhattan. The graves dated back to the 1700s and were almost missed during construction of a new federal courthouse, another big building for New York City’s skyline. The discovery deeply affected Deborah Muirhead, a University of Connecticut painting professor. Some of the graves contained only fragments of bones and only a few hundred out of the vast graveyard were found. The discovery helped start Muirhead on “Fly Away,” a series of abstract works created from 1994 to 2006….” Read more.

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