Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

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The Best Way to Prepare Bananas: Fruits of the Soul from the Permanent Collection

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017

“Why want a flour out of bananas any way? Are they not best in their natural state? I prefer them so,” wrote artist Louis Eilshemius in 1918. So it is with the works in this exhibition. We may enjoy them best in their natural state—these products of creative necessity, richly invested with personal and sacred symbolism, and wrought by uncommon
makers of diverse experience, motivation, and training. Works by Eilshemius, Thornton Dial, Howard Finster, Robert Goodnough, Clara Seley, and others celebrate the primacy of impulse and imagination in the creative process.