Things are slow and celebratory here in the US today as we celebrate Independence Day—for me: urban rooftop barbecue!—but to celebrate America today, I wanted to share this story about American artist Mary Jackson, whose work goes on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art this weekend. Read it here.
Much attention is being paid this Independence Day weekend to the Smithsonian’s temporary exhibit of filmmakers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’s collection of Norman Rockwell paintings. Rockwell’s work is quintessential, iconic Americana (although, as one critic correctly pointed out, Rockwell espouses a very narrow view of the American experience). But so is Mary Jackson’s, whose art speaks of a much richer history than Rockwell’s—one that incorporates the beauty of women’s work, entrepreneurialism, Southern rural living, and the African experience in America.
Happy 4th of July to our American readers!