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A+D Visitor Series: Jim McDowell “American Face Jugs: Thoughts Become Art Inspired by the Ancestors”

Event Type
School of Art + Design Visitors Committee HRI Supplemental Event Fund African American Studies Department of History Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Krannert Art Museum
(Lower Level Auditorium) KAM 62
Oct 16, 2021   5:30 pm  
Jim McDowell
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Krannert Art Museum
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In his artist’s lecture, Jim McDowell will discuss his face jugs.  They represent, in part, the lives of enslaved people abducted from Africa, and their descendants who lived through slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow South, the Great Migration, the Civil Rights era on into today's Black Lives Matter movement.


About the Artist

Jim McDowell has been making face jugs for over thirty-five years, drawing upon his African American and Caribbean ancestry.  McDowell’s four-times great aunt Evangeline was an enslaved potter in Jamaica who made face jugs. At a family funeral, his grandfather said that enslaved people were never given gravestones, so face jugs sometimes served as grave markers. The forms and style of McDowell’s face jugs have evolved over the years, taking on the characteristics of things he has seen, heard, felt, and is feeling now: “the anger, the injustices, the inequities, the feeling that Black lives did not matter. But also, the achievements, inventions, courageous acts of so many, all forms of resistance to the system.”


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