The Late Artist Aminah Robinson Is Finding A Bigger Audience

Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. Photo courtesy of the Columbus Museum of Art.

Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson was a lifelong artist whose work spanned multiple media, all with the purpose of documenting Black life and its vibrancy. In particular, Robinson used her artistic practice to present stories inspired by her own life and that of her family - depicting Black everyday stories of community and survival through sculpture, knitting, wood carvings and more. When Robinson passed away from heart disease in 2015 she was greatly missed by her family and her native Columbus, Ohio. However, after five tireless years of work by curators Carole Genshaft and Deidre Hamlar, Robinson’s work is finally gaining more recognition through the Columbus Museum of Art’s exhibition in entitled “Raggin’ On: The Art of Aminah Robinson’s House and Journals.” Read this feature for Artnet by Sarah Cascone to find out more about the life and legacy of Robinson showcased in this new exhibition that runs from November 21, 2020–October 3, 2021.

“It’s about the necessity of knowing where you come from and understanding that before you act in the present or go on into the future. That guided her whole process.” - Carole Genshaft