Artists on Art
February 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Public Blackness—Exhibition Objective:
The aim of this exhibition is to create greater awareness of the on-going and often unresolved local and national racial issues. Thus, providing a safe platform where ISU students and the community can learn, engage, and be inspired to take positive action to help heal and transform outdated and unconscious biases.
Public Blackness—Exhibition Statement:
This exhibition demonstrates how the Black body in a racially divided society gradually disappears from our understanding of what it means to be a human. What transpires when the Black body is captured in our gaze—a gaze that has been trained to only view it as a problem everywhere it exists? What happens when the myths from our past—which were frequently used to justify its destruction—become ingrained in our imagination of its existence today? One should leave the exhibition knowing a bit more about what makes the Black body vulnerable to the violence it still endures today.
Bryant Clayton is an ISU alum and former student of Arthur Feinsod, who organized this reading and other programming in celebration of BHM. This Artists on Art episode is in conjunction with the PUBLIC BLACKNESS exhibitions at ISU.
WHITE NOSTALGIA is a play responding to two artworks in the Haslem gallery of the Swope Art Museum: John Rogers Cox’ White Cloud and John McCrady’s Hush, Somebody’s Calling My Name.