Ekua Holmes at MFA Boston
Ekua Holmes exhibition at MFA Boston
Ekua Holmes — Golden — 2009
From 17 July 2021 to 23 January 2022, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, presents the exhibition “Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes”.
Fuente: MFA Boston. Image: Ekua Holmes: “Golden”, 2009. Collection of the artist. © Ekua Holmes
Ekua Holmes (USA, born 1955) is an artist and activist from Roxbury, Boston, whose work explores themes of childhood, family, memory and resilience.
“Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes” focuses on children’s book illustrations created by Holmes, which form stories of self-determination, love and community life. The exhibition includes more than 40 colourful works that showcase Holmes’ vision and commitment to positive Black imagery and representation, as well as a variety of audio-visual material. “I fell in love with making art because of the images in children’s books,” Holmes said. “Now I am part of the future when some child may fall in love with making art because they are looking at these books.”
The exhibition is organised in two sections. The first section presents Holmes’ first major illustration project, for Carole Boston Weatherford’s “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement” (2015). The second section of the exhibition focuses on recent illustrations for Holmes’ numerous published book projects: Kwame Alexander’s “Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets” (2017), Marion Dane Bauer’s “The Stuff of Stars” (2018), and Angela Joy’s recent “Black Is a Rainbow Color” (2020).
“Paper Stories, Layered Dreams” is the latest in a series of exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, devoted to children’s book illustration, following “Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey” (2016–2017) and “Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic” (2018–2019).