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    Nellie Mae Rowe: At Night Things Speak To Me


    Nellie Mae Rowe
    American, 1900–1982
    At Night Things Come to Me, 1980,
    crayon and pencil on paper, 18 x 24 inches.
    Gift of Judith Alexander, 2003.226.

    Location: Folk Art Galleries, 4th Floor, Stent Wing

    Nellie Mae Rowe:
    At Night Things Come to Me


    At Night Things Come to Me has been installed in the Nellie Mae Rowe Room. Rowe often portrayed beings that seem to come from another plane of existence. Some take the form of hybrid creatures, combining features of different animals. Rowe simply called them "varmints" or said they were "something that ain't been born yet." Others, which take humanoid shape, she identified as "haints" or spirits.

    In one vivid drawing, whose title gives this exhibition its name, she portrayed herself lying in bed being visited by otherworldly creatures of her imagination. You can visit them, too, in At Night Things Come to Me.

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