3/31: The Black Portrait opens at Rush Arts Gallery

I’m producing a new kinetic installation for this group exhibition….

March 31 – May 21, 2011
The Black Portrait

Opening: Thursday, March 31 · 6-8pm

The word black has several meanings in our society. It may reference individuals or groups with dark skin; a complete absence of light; the opposite of white; or the embodiment of a negative or pessimistic disposition. A portrait is understood to represent a person or thing, usually in the form of a drawing, painting, photograph, engraving, or text.

When these terms are linked, a sense of alchemical potency is suggested. This exhibition brings together paintings, photographs, videos, collage and sculpture by ten artists contending with what it means to make a black portrait. It aims to use this linkage to expand dialogue about identity, difference, and belonging in contemporary culture.

Kajahl Benes
Delphine Diallo
Duron Jackson
Coby Kennedy
Toyin Odutola
Kambui Olujimi
Shane Aslan Selzer
Keisha Scarville
Felandus Thames
Christine Wong Yap

Curated by Hank Willis Thomas and Natasha Logan.

Rush Arts Gallery
526 W. 26th Street, Suite 311 (between 10th and 11th), New York, NY


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