Free admission and featured exhibits!

AUBURN, NY (May 15, 2022) – Celebrate Juneteenth at the Schweinfurth Art Center this Saturday with free admission all day.

Hunter’s exhibit, “Here/Hear,” contains work from two recent series. In “I Hear You Now, I See You Then,” she presents chandeliers and rugs she wove by hand out of hair, referencing antebellum plantations that ignore their slave-owning past. In “Paradise: The Myth of a Liberal North,” she examines the destruction of two Black neighborhoods in Detroit that were destroyed to build a highway.

Quinn Hunter’s lecture that was schedule for June 18th has been canceled and will be rescheduled soon.

Vanessa Johnson, a Syracuse artist, is featured in “In God’s Voice: A Celebration of the Spirituality of Harriet Tubman,” an exhibit that is located in the Schweinfurth and the Cayuga Museum of History & Art as part of the institutions’ Emerging Artist Project.

Her quilts and fiber artworks address Tubman’s spirituality and faith: her use of nature to guide her path as she freed enslaved people; her blackouts, in which she said God spoke to her; and her faith in the allies, both Black and white, who supported her rescues.

“These two artists address issues of importance to the Black community,” said Program Director Davana Robedee. “Quinn’s rugs, chandeliers, and tapestries demonstrate the erasure of Black history in both the South and the North. Vanessa’s quilts and fiber artworks examine Tubman’s faith in nature, God, and her supporters as she led enslaved people to freedom. Both have strong stories to tell.”

The Schweinfurth Art Center is located at 205 Genesee St., Auburn. Thank you to our exhibit sponsors: New York State Council on the Arts, Delavan Foundation, Cayuga County Office of Tourism, City of Auburn, and Bartolotta Furniture. Link here for more information about either exhibit.