Whitfield Lovell:

Deep River

Whitfield Lovell: Deep River

Whitfield Lovell (b. 1959), Deep River, 2013, 56 wood discs, found objects, soil, video projections, and sand, size variable. Courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York. Photo by James Madden, 204 Studios, Chattanooga.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 to Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is thrilled to present the work of MacArthur Fellowship winner and internationally-recognized artist, Whitfield Lovell. His multi-media installation, Whitfield Lovell: Deep River, explores ideas of memory, identity, and freedom. 

Inspired specifically by the legacy of African Americans who fled from slavery, crossing the Tennessee River to freedom during the Civil War, Deep River uses sculpture, video, drawing, sound, and music to create a unique experience that takes visitors on a symbolic journey in search of independence. For Lovell, the river symbolizes the final boundary to freedom. Visitors become engulfed within the river itself, surrounded by projected images of flowing water and the sounds of the environment, moving alongside Lovell’s haunting Conté crayon portraits as companions on the ongoing search for freedom. 

Whitfield Lovell: Deep River was organized by the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Exhibition Season Sponsors: City of Jacksonville - Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc. - The Cummer Council - Robert D. and Isabelle T. Davis Endowment at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida - Elkins Constructors, Inc. - The Schultz Family Endowment - State of Florida

Exhibition Sponsors: The Director's Circle at the Cummer Museum - Do Something Great Today Foundation - Harold K. Smith Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida - Carl S. Swisher Foundation, Inc. - U.S. Trust

Exhibition Partners: Mayo Clinic Lyndra P. Daniel Center for Humanities in Medicine - Wells Fargo

In-Kind Sponsors: Agility Press, Inc. - Wingard Creative