David Drake: Greenville County Museum of Art

David Drake was an enslaved potter in the 19th century whose incredible craftsmanship and literacy while enslaved rose him to fame upon discovery of his pots in the twenty-first century. Born in the Americas, Dave worked as a turner in pottery manufacturing facilities in South Carolina’s Edgefield District. Although dangerous for slaves to learn to read and write, Dave was literate and expressed his literacy inside his pots. His most famous inscription notes, “I wonder where is all my relation/friendship to all-and, every nation”. Dave’s pots can be found in the collections of many institutions.

On my trip to Greenville, SC I had the honor of viewing his pots at the Greenville County Museum of Art. Below find my shots of the installation that is a part of their permanent collection.

Book on the Edge: Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video


Photo credit: Amazon
Carrie Mae Weems, Three Decades of Photography and Video (First Center for the Visual Arts)

Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video is a must-read retrospective accompanying the national tour of the exhibition with the same title. Featuring some of Weems’s most important art works, the book has essays by leading scholars, explores Weems’s interest in subject matter such as folklore, spoken and written word, and black beauty. In her artistic style, Weems is committed to a variety of issues of social justice. Her early career focused on African-American women and families and has evolved to the stories from the African diaspora, from the legacy of slavery to stereotypes and continues to evolve to include global struggles for equality and justice.

Take a virtual tour by visiting the Frist Center’s mobile site, frist.toursphere.com, from your mobile device.