We regret to inform that this event has been cancelled. Though, the related exhibition "Reverened Albert Lee Wagner: Miracle at Midnight," remains on view through 2018. We also invite you to check our other events this fall and winter! You can view the full calendar at https://www.facebook.com/pg/theavam/events
Spanning the earliest, to the reverend's very last creations, the exhibition provides rich visual testimony to a life begun amidst dire poverty and racism in the South, to a self-made business success (despite Wagner's limited third-grade education), then a devolution into excess and lust, to final attainment of spiritual peace and love for all humanity.
Wagner began creating his "story pictures" when his family moved north to Ohio. There, he finally felt the freedom to express the horrors of racism and prejudice that he had witnessed, accompanied by his handwritten testimony.
The exhibition title commemorates the transformative moment when house paint spilled on a floor board and forever changed Wagner as he prepared for his 50th birthday. Transfixed by the scene of pooling paint, Wagner experienced a spiritual epiphany, ending his womanizing ways and kicking off an intense period of religious service and art making that would endure until his peaceful death at the age of 82.
Special thanks to JHU Center for Africana Studies.
Image: "Marissa" by Reverend Albert Wagner. Gift of Gene and Linda Kangas. Photo: Eric Gerber Photography