Whitfield Lovell: Passages

June 29 - September 22, 2024

Mint Museum Uptown


Artist Whitfield Lovell is renowned for his masterful works and multisensory installations that focus on African American journeys throughout time and place.

Whitfield Lovell: Passages brings together two of Lovell’s major installations, Deep River (2013) and Visitation: The Richmond Project (2001), for the first time with a selection of freestanding assemblages and works on paper from his acclaimed Kin series (2008–2011) and Spell Suite (2019–2020), as well as the premiere presentation of  Card Pieces II. 

Through the novel combination of installations, multisensory devices, independent tableau, found objects, and examples from Lovell’s works on paper, visitors are enveloped in the history and cultural memory of the African American experience and are invited to consider the physical passage of time, its effect on memory, and the reception of our collective history. 

Lovell finds his inspiration in photographs of African Americans taken between the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Movement for his work created on paper or, salvaged wooden boards. He uses a highly refined portrait style to depict stories of African American individuals’ daily lives and extraordinary journeys.  

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