Minnie Evans

Luise Ross Gallery

Though honored with a Whitney retrospective as early as 1975, it is only with the current embrace of the cultural “other” that Minnie Evans, an African-American artist from North Carolina, has had a chance to be understood as more than simply an art novelty. Evans belongs to the tradition of religious visionaries that includes James Hampton, J.B. Murray, and Sister Gertrude Morgan, among many others. Her oeuvre—a patchwork of Evangelical Christianity, African-American spiritualism, improvisation, and popular culture—was well represented in this show, which featured works ranging from the ’40s to the ’70s, her primary years of activity.

Evans’ cultural milieu was that of the Evangelical South. This tradition, coupled with less obvious but equally important influences from her Afro-Carribean ancestry, provided a strong grounding for the richly improvisational nature of the artist’s essentially

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