In conjunction with the exhibition Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, the Amon Carter will display a work by Fort Worth artist Sedrick Huckaby (b. 1975), who credits Bearden as an important influence. Huckaby’s 18-by-14-foot oil painting Hidden in Plain Site (2011) will be on view in the museum’s atrium through October.
Hidden in Plain Site addresses the notion that some quilts contain an encoded language and reveal a secret message. Historical accounts and narratives tell how slaves would guide fellow runaway slaves to freedom using quilts with hidden directions, maps, and so forth. To do the same thing within the context of today's cultural customs would be to talk about spiritual slavery rather than a physical one. Through the careful arrangement of four quilts, Huckaby establishes a variety of metaphors and symbols. A human brain, a city map, a cross, and a wedding celebration all offer a message of hope. What is the exact meaning? Every viewer should search for themselves to see what is "hidden in plain site."