Virtual Lecture 45: The Life and Art of Jessie Catherine Kinsley with Thomas Guiler

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25 Years of Youth, 25 Years of Marriage, 25 Years of Braiding: The Life and Art of Jessie Catherine Kinsley

Lecturer: Thomas A. Guiler, PhD
Live Lecture Date: Saturday October 19, 2024 1PM Eastern
Live Lecture Registration: September 16 – October 17, 2024 1PM Eastern
Format: Live Lecture and Recording
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Born into the Oneida Community, Jessie Catherine Kinsley was raised amidst ideas of free-love, gender equality, and Perfectionism, by a group of people who believed they were bringing about heaven on earth. She lived through the tumultuous years of the breakup of the Community, entered into traditional family life, and became a regionally famous artist. Though she dabbled in many media including drawing, painting, poetry, and children’s books, she is most known for her braidings. Kinsley invented an artform that used discarded dresses and fabric to create gigantic braided mosaics that depicted scenes from literature, scripture, nature, and history.