Did you know? Wells Fargo ends a year of celebrating its national tour of The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard & Shirley Kinsey – Where Art & History Intersect in Baltimore for its’ final three city stop; at the eve of 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
On Thursday the 31st of October in 2013, Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore hosted an exclusive preview for the exhibition opening of The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard & Shirley Kinsey –Where Art & History Intersect. It was the biggest media art preview event of this Fall. Who knew one family of private collectors could hold so much historical memorabilia in one private home. The Kinsey Collection is a one stop shop for everything African American history to include an outstanding collection of art and artifacts narrating African American history and culture dating back to the 1600s, including an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. Talk about an amazing assortment of artifacts that answer the call for the myth of absence in American history.
“The Kinsey Collection strives to give our ancestors a voice, name and personality, enabling the viewer to understand the challenges, obstacles, triumphs and extraordinary sacrifice of African Americans who’ve greatly contributed to the success of this country,” said Bernard Kinsey.
The celebration took place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. serving continental breakfast. The coolest part of it all was the panel Q & A with:
- Dr. A. Skipp Sanders, Executive Director, Reginald F. Lewis Museum
- Andy Bertamini, Maryland regional President, Wells Fargo
- Lisa Frison, VP African American Segment Manager, Wells Fargo
- Bernard Kinsey, Avid Collector, Philanthropist and Educator
- Shirley Kinsey, Avid Collector, Philanthropist and Educator
- Khalil Kinsey, VP of Operations at The Kinsey Collection
During the exhibit preview, attendees were allowed to view two promotional videos for the The Kinsey Collection and a short film series, “Untold Stories: Our Inspired History” inspired by the collection. Oh, did I mention the attendees also enjoyed an exclusive gallery tour lead by the one and only Bernard Kinsey. Talk about an amazing assortment of artifacts that answer the call for the myth of absence in American history.
Did you know? According to press specs; for a limited time, customers wishing to “own a piece” of the collection can personalize their Wells Fargo debit and/ or credit card with a select piece of art from The Kinsey Collection. Customers can visit WellsFargo Card Design Studio TM here and select Kinsey Art in the image library.
What can I tell you about my experience with The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard & Shirley Kinsey –Where Art & History Intersect? For starters, you probably didn’t know that Bernard Kinsey collects the works of deceased artists and Shirley Kinsey collects the works of living legends. Together their findings tells a story of expectancy and resistance concerning the history of African Diaspora people.
What was my favorite piece in the collection? The Cultivators from 2000 by Samuel L. Dunson, Jr. touched my senses because it visually represents a mystical foretold story of the Kinsey family surrounded by books as cultivators of knowledge. Although, in my opinion the Kinsey Collection is one that requires a guided backdrop of African American history it is also an exhibit that prompts it viewers to do more research about the content of the collection, in the hopes of gaining a greater understanding about African American history and their own personal past. Shout out to the Kinsey family for collecting and sharing, such a triple threat that lives up to the saying, “to whom much was given, much is expected.”
Did you know? In addition, to hosting the nationally applauded Kinsey Collection exhibit at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum from November 2, 2013 to March 2, 2013, Wells Fargo will present special events in Baltimore.
Be sure to check out the public events listed below:
- Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 1 p.m. Opening Day Talk with Collector Bernard Kinsey
- December 14, 2013; January 11, 2014; February 8, 2014: Wells Fargo Customer Appreciation Day
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