To Be Black In White America

June 25 – July 30, 2016

Opening: June 26, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Artists Talk: July 24, 2016, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

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I wish it were that Easy, 2014, Acrylic, Metal Leaf on Panel, 18" x 24", by Stephen Towns
I wish it were that Easy, 2014, Acrylic, Metal Leaf on Panel, 18″ x 24″, by Stephen Towns

About the Exhibition

To Be Black in White America explores the politicization of the Black Identity in the United States. From legalized slavery to the most recent, hateful thing that Donald Trump said, a minority of Americans have been desperately and diligently fighting against a White power structure for equality throughout the nation’s relatively short history.

Social media is full users asking if we are back in the 1950s or ‘60s. The truth is that we never left the Civil Rights Era completely in the past. Institutional racism and personal vitriol—which we have seen plenty of during the presidential campaigns—have always been present. They crop up when vile words provoke violence or when an act of violence incites protests.

While the subject matter surrounding White power structures is as vast as the Middle Crossing, the artists featured in this exhibition are able to identify and clearly express difficult but highly specific aspects of this struggle.

Galerie Myrtis and this exhibition are part of the 2016 Artscape Gallery Network