How Artists Contributed to the Black Power Movement


Roy DeCarava. “Couple Walking,” 1979. © Courtesy Sherry DeCarava and the DeCarava Archives.

Curators Zoe Whitely and Mark Godfrey subdivided a mass of 150 works from as many as 60 to occupy 12 rooms at the gallery. They also set an austere tone for the exhibition, as if to prepare the visitor’s mind, placing five screens at the entrance with each one playing, on a loop, speeches any luminaries including King, Malcolm X and James Baldwin.

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ART we LIKE: mirrored canoe project


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It is the experience of paddling on still and quiet nights, the sky clear and the moon yet to rise that moved me to create this work.  The mirror like surface of the water reflects the stars and I am given the sensation of moving myself through them. As the moon rises the small ripples from my paddle and canoe cutting through the water send the reflected light dancing across its surface.  It is in these moments that I feel myself in intimate conversation with my environment. Not simply a creature living in this world but a part of its very nature; the earth, air, water and light living around me, within me and through me. In this project I attempt to make visible the silent language of this conversation.

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ART we LIKE: Bayeté Ross Smith 


Powerful meditations on identity, race, gender and class. Using various multimedia forms, sculptural installations, and contrasting variations the artist Bayeté Ross Smith creates really challenges the observer on so any levels. The sound installations are fascinating and make me really miss the days of boomboxes and the many owned over the years.

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ART we LIKE: Cybèle Young


Toronto-based artist Cybèle Young creates a fantastic world of everyday objects made of paper. Whether it’s a guitar case, headphones, a small bag or an umbrella, Young not only carefully crafts miniature objects using fine Japanese paper, but turns these often overlooked objects into colorful sculptural artworks. In doing so, her imagination shows no boundaries. Continue reading