I have always appreciated the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. In fact, I wrote my undergrad art history thesis about the public perception of his racial identity to his work. At The Broad, it was inspiring to see Basquiat’s work in a dedicated section. Must-see section of their permanent collection gallery!
In Greenville, SC there is a hidden gem of a museum with great exhibitions and a stunning permanent collection. My visit was full of excitement as I saw some of my favorite artists on view: John Ahearn, Sam Gilliam, Beauford Delaney, Jacob Lawrence and William H, Johnson. Must-visit place! Greenville County Museum of Art
This past week was a huge and insanely busy weekend in the art world. One of my favorite stops was at Volta NY 2015 and wanted to share some of what I saw in the booths:
On Saturday, February 7th I attended the Family Opening for Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness at the Henry B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, NC. Focused on colonialism and its impact on black culture, the exhibit features 19 artists who are national and international representatives of the African diaspora. Some of the artists featured include Jason Patterson and Bethany Collins. Within the exhibit are a variety of mediums, such as sculpture, performance art, collage and digital media. Full of thought-provoking and inspiring artworks, it is a must-see for all that can attend.
My personal favorite was the collaboration between Heather Hart and André D. Singleton, which allowed for personal introspection and participation in an activated space in the galleries. Sharing my wish was a powerful and moving experience.
Open through June 26th the exhibit provides a breadth of work that allows you to examine the societal impact of colonialism on how black culture is viewed and defined.