Fact: Black history observance originated in 1926, but it was not until 1976 that it became a month-long celebration. In present-day, February marks Black History Month in the United States, our annual celebration of Black culture and its achievements.
Black art today is made by some of the greatest artistic minds of our country, it represents who we are, and speaks about the contemporary concerns of people of color in our nation. Mark Bradford's work alongside many other contemporary artists as shows in this exhibition serve as a mere example to explore the many questions and concerns of today's Black community, as well as our society at large.
Alex Anderson's work delves into the impact of a demand for beauty and the ephemeral nature of organic perfection, whereas Sharon Barnes' work questions discarded material and using transformation as a metaphor seeks to understand the complexity of her experiences. Juan Logan brings a unique historical perspective to this exhibition as his work is born out of his southern roots and expands on a reality removed from the California landscape. However, referencing equal concerns Justin Dixon and Jamaal H. Tolbert focus like Logan on social, political and cultural issues, investigating historical precedent through their contemporary practices, thus bringing our country's complicated history to the forefront.
The work of Carla Jay Harris and Jaimie Milner explores through portraiture the contemporary visibility of the black community. These visual instances showcase the struggles people of color have to endure. Be it questioning the portrayal of race, gender, and sexuality in the media and its effects on our society, or challenging the power and anxiety of a complex intersectional identity such as Black-Japanese, Black-Mexican, or Black-German.
Each of the artworks in this exhibition speaks its own truth; challenging cannons of beauty, transcending rough and often discarded realities, reclaiming visibility, transforming the hegemonic narrative, challenging history's perspective, or simply calling attention to a black reality often not spoken.
Curated by Erika Hirugami, MAAB. Founder & CEO of CuratorLove
February 2018 • 72 & Sunny • 12101 W. Bluff Creek Dr. Playa Vista, CA 90094