Our Schomburg lit fest tote features the artwork Book of Cures by Barbara Earl Thomas (Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and Barbara Earl Thomas.)
18" W x 15" T x 5" Gusset
ABOUT THE SCHOMBURG LITERARY FESTIVAL
The 3rd Annual Schomburg Center Literary Festival expands the center's long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. The day-long book festival has been reconfigured as a virtual festival taking place over six days as the Schomburg Center's doors remain temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Throughout the week, our featured authors and books will help us explore concepts of freedom, culminating on June 19, also known in the United States as Juneteenth, a day in 1865 marking freedom for enslaved people in Galveston, Texas.
Barbara Earl Thomas, who is represented by the Harlem-based Claire Oliver Gallery, is a writer and visual artist with numerous national exhibits to her credit. Drawing on her personal history between the American South and the Pacific Northwest, Thomas incorporates themes of people and their rituals with the land, politics and social issues while foregrounding the mythologized sense of place as it operates between a geographical and spiritual realm. Thomas is a maker who builds tension-filled narratives through papercuts and prints, placing silhouetted figures in social and political landscapes. Thomas’s site-specific sculptural practice expands these forms. She creates public sculptures and large-scale installations that use light as the animating force and invites her viewers to step inside her stories and dramatic illuminated scenographies.