Our Visionaries

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YUMMM! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food.

Thru Sept. 3, 2017!

Our latest mega exhibition featuring 35 visionary artists exploring the human relationship with food.

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Photo of Hawkins Bolden

Hawkins Bolden

(1915–2005)

Hawkins Bolden was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He was part Creole and part American Indian. At age seven, Bolden suffered a severe blow to the head from a baseball accident that resulted in the loss of his eyesight, which he never regained. Despite this disability, he made visual/tactile art for most of his life. Using broken furniture, carpet scraps, discarded kitchenware, old clothing and other castoffs that he came across during his rounds as a gardener and clean-up man in urban Memphis, Tennessee, he constructed the scarecrows, guardian figures, abstract assemblages, and wind-activated noise-making devices that he originally made to display in his yard. "I made eyes on them," he said of his untitled figural constructions.

Detail: Three Scarecrow Faces, Hawkins Bolden

"I make them so they can see good: two eyes here, and one way up on top of the head. The third eye sees a whole lot, you know."