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 fanslike this one for people to use during prayer meetings at her EverlastingGospel Mission. During her services, Morgan sang, played guitar or tambourine,and encouraged a call-and-response singing style among attendees. On one sideof this fan, Morgan painted a scene of New Jerusalem, a symbolic, heavenly cityfor the devout, described in the Book of Revelation. On the front-facing side, Morgandepicted herself in nurse’s clothing, conveying her self-chosen role as aspiritual 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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