Saturday, February 22, 2014

Kinsey Collection at Epcot getting new exhibits

The "Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection” at Epcot is being updated this Spring, Disney has announced.

Untitled, 1951 by artist Hughie Lee-Smith.
Additional images, artwork and artifacts related to watershed moments in American history will soon be on display at the collection housed in the American Adventure pavilion.

“Representing more than 400 years of African-American achievement and history, the Kinsey Collection showcases the best of the American spirit with a nod to ingenuity and innovation," Erin Youngs, vice president of Epcot, said in a press release.

Being added to the exhibit is:

Distribution of Population in New York, 1801: At the Philadelphia Convention of 1787, states with smaller populations voiced their concern about representation at the federal level. This resulted in the Three-Fifths Compromise stating that only three-fifths of the slave population would be counted in the census. The Distribution of Population in New York, 1801 was one of the first few census calculations done by the state of New York following the compromise.

Noon Wash by artist Jonathan Green:  His work with acrylic and oil paints reflect the hope of African Americans throughout history. A number of his works are inspired by his upbringing in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina.

Slave Songs of the United States: Published in 1867, this original collection of African American music was the first of its kind. Northern abolitionists William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware and Lucy McKim Garrison collected 136 songs from the slaves of Southern plantations, phonetically recording them as they heard them, in an effort to preserve the unique and powerful art form.

Tintype Photographs: Popularized in the mid-1850s, tintypes were easier to produce than previous methods and made photographs accessible to more people. Though their names have been lost to history.

Carte de Visite: Following a similar printing process as tintypes, carte de visite photographs were easier and more economical to produce, with the image printed on a high quality paper. The carte de visite photographs being added to the Courage portion of the exhibit feature African American soldiers from both sides of the Civil War

The Kinsey family’s private collection features rare art, documents, books and artifacts and has been displayed throughout the U.S., including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
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