Tight Rope, Oil on canvas, 40″ x30″, 2014, by Arvie Smith

Black Man in a Black World

September 2 – November 18, 2017

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Black Man in a Black World features works by Wesley Clark, Larry Cook, Johnnie Lee Gray, and Arvie Smith. Through internal ruminations and visual explorations of historical perspectives and contemporary realities of blackness this exhibition offers individual and collective visions of the multi-faceted intersections of black male identity. Through multimedia presentations of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography Black Man in a Black World aims to center the black male perspective through the agency and distinctiveness of their own voices. The reclamation of ownership of the visual representations of black male consciousness and identity, by black male artists, requires the kind of boldness, passion, and honesty that has the power to viscerally ignite the soul and spark a transformation of self and community.

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This exhibition experience will be enhanced by an artists’ talk, panel discussion, musical selections, and a curated schedule of film screenings inclusive of the black male experience within the United States and abroad.
Programming Schedule:
Exhibition Dates:
September 2 – November 18, 2017

Artists’ Talk:
October 14, 2017 – Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Film Screenings:
Nothing But a Man
October 8, 2017 – 2:00 – 4:00 pm

The Spook Who Sat by the Door
NEW DATE: November 11, 2017 – 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Myrtis Bedolla, Curator; Khadija Nia Adell, Co-curator; Alexander Hyman and Sterling Warren, Curators of Film & Music.