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TOOLS OF HER MINISTRY: The Art of Sister Gertrude Morgan

November 14, 2004- January 16, 2005



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Sunday, November 14, 2004, 3:00 pm
Tools of Her Ministry: The Art of Sister Gertrude Morgan, A High Definition Television Production by Gail Levin and Personal Reflections by those who knew Sister Gertrude Morgan
This 30-minute-long documentary on the art and life of Sister Gertrude Morgan was produced in High Definition for Voom television by award-winning producer Gail Levin and features commentary by friends of the artist as well as art historians and collectors of her work. Following the screening of the program, friends and acquaintances of Sister Gertrude will share their own stories and experiences of the artist.
Thursday, December 2, 2004, 7:00 pm
Tools of Her Ministry: The Art of Sister Gertrude Morgan
William A. Fagaly, Curator of Tools of Her Ministry: The Art of Sister Gertrude Morgan, Curator of African Art, NOMA
Sister Gertrude Morgan was a self-taught artist, evangelist, musician and poet who considered her artwork a tool for preaching the word of God. After arriving in New Orleans in 1939, she helped establish an orphanage and then her own Everlasting Gospel Mission, all the while preaching and singing on the streets of the French Quarter. William A. Fagaly, the curator of the current retrospective exhibition of the art of Sister Gertrude, knew the artist during the last twelve years of her life. His slide illustrated lecture will tell the story of her art and life.
Sunday, December 12, 2004, 3:00 pm
Sister Gertrude Morgan and the Art History of Black Folk
Helen Shannon, Director of the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
The self-declared profit and missionary Sister Gertrude Morgan created an enormous oevre of religiously inspired art, many of which are on display in Tools of Her Ministry: The Art of Sister Gertrude Morgan. Questions abound regarding the sources of her imagery. Helen Shannon will discuss factors in the life of Sister Gertrude that may have influenced her imagery as well as look to visual sources in African American culture that led Morgan's work to look the way it does.
Thursday, January 6, 2005, 7:00 pm
New Orleans in the Years of Sister Gertrude Morgan
Jason Berry, freelance writer and journalist
Sister Gertrude Morgan arrived in New Orleans, "the headquarters of sin," as she called it, in 1939 and she quickly became a familiar figure on the streets of the city's French Quarter. In the four decades of her life in New Orleans, the French Quarter evolved from a post-depression era urban village to a bohemian artist's mecca. Sister Gertrude tirelessly proselytized on these streets amongst the artists, musicians, and burlesque dancers, fulfilling her God-given mission.

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