A Contemporary Narrative

Impressions of Civil War Memorabilia from the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Permanent Collection

Exhibition: February 15th – 29th, 2024

From February 15th – 29th, 2024 the Attleboro Arts Museum will exhibit collection holdings gifted to the organization by the family of Civil War Union Major Everett Southworth Horton of Attleboro, MA.  Major Horton’s Civil War memorabilia is a unique segment of the Attleboro Arts Museum’s permanent collection, as it is the last remaining component of the early days of the museum’s holdings when it included items of historical interest along with works of visual art.  The pieces include items such as a Civil War first aid kit, items from uniforms, broadsides, and assorted flags. 

A Contemporary Narrative, will marry selections from this collection with a contemporary work created by a Black visual artist. This art will be an interpretation of a Civil War piece, created in the artist’s personal style and chosen medium.  Each piece on view will be accompanied by a statement from the artist, outlining the concept behind their work and how the permanent collection piece inspired their visual response. Select artists have created multiple works for the exhibition, all based on their one chosen collection piece.

Exhibiting Artists

  • Sandy Coleman
  • L’Merchie Frazier
  • Quincy Harding
  • Shea Justice
  • Gwendolyn Lanier
  • DaNice D. Marshall
  • Shaun Martins
  • Lisa Murphy
  • Monique Rolle-Johnson

A Contemporary Narrative will be on view during February, Black History Month. According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the chosen theme for Black History Month in 2024 is “African Americans and the Arts.”

Special Evening Hours During Attleboro’s Winter Night Festival

Standard hours for A Contemporary Narrative are Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm. However, on Saturday, February 17th, the gallery will also be open during Attleboro’s annual Winter Night Festival from 4:30pm – 7:30pm.  Admission to the Museum’s gallery is free.

A Contemporary Narrative is supported by:

Attleboro Cultural Council

The Family of Gary J. Oliveira

Mass Cultural Council

SouthCoast Community Foundation

Image: Shaun Martins

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