Fan

  • Sister Gertrude Morgan, Fan, ca. 1970, paint and ink on card, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson, 2016.38.43R-V

Sister Gertrude Morgan fashioned paper fans like this one for people to use during prayer meetings at her Everlasting Gospel Mission. During her services, Morgan sang, played guitar or tambourine, and encouraged a call-and-response singing style among attendees. On one side of this fan, Morgan painted a scene of New Jerusalem, a symbolic, heavenly city for the devout, described in the Book of Revelation. On the front-facing side, Morgan depicted herself in nurse’s clothing, conveying her self-chosen role as a spiritual healer of the soul.
(We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection, 2022)
Title
Fan
Artist
Date
ca. 1970
Location
Dimensions
9 34 × 8 12 in. (24.8 × 21.6 cm) irregular
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson

Mediums Description
paint and ink on card
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • African-American
  • Landscape
  • Architecture
  • Religion – angel
  • Figure female – full length
  • Object – written matter – book
  • African American
Object Number
2016.38.43R-V
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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