The Eric Edwards Collection is a private hoard of African art owned by the illustrious African American. From Today, July 12th, until September 28th, you can visit an exhibit of some of the pieces in person. Opening a private collection is always big news, many people feel that things like this should always be public however when they're personal property of individuals, who are we to say what they do with it? We can be grateful to Eric Edwards for giving us all the opportunity to enrich their minds in this way.
Centred at the Weeksville Heritage Centre, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the exhibit will contain around fifty masterpieces from seventeen African nations; a sample of the immense library of heritage Eric has painstakingly collated over the years. Named “From Africa To Weeksville”, latching the deep cultural history of Africa with a local vicinity can help residents to feel connected and part of the story through this showing.
One particular highlight is a granite bust from the 4000 year old Nubian Empire. There are also pieces taken from shrines, drums, and antique slave chains. Telling the story of the African people in America perhaps has never been so tangible, when the symbols of foreign fascism sit alongside items crafted by Empire.
It's in no question that the African influence on America has been a good one, from hours worked to people born, taught, and encouraged, the ideas, symbolisms, and lessons from the mother of humanity remain golden to this day.