Enjoy light refreshments at this joint reception for two new exhibitions, Black Gods of the Metropolis and Shift, Sift, Swoosh Bods.
Free parking available in Garage D, 1070 W. 45th St.
Black Gods of the Metropolis: The Drawings of J. Alan Cumbey
On view Sept 15, 2018 - Jan 13, 2019
The late J. Alan Cumbey was a white gay man, a well-known cultural writer of the 1980s and 1990s in Richmond, Virginia. What he kept private was that he was also a self-taught artist creating a large body of drawings exploring his identity and world as a gay southerner.
Cumbey grew up in Southampton County playing under the tree where Nat Turner was hanged. In his drawings he pictures himself as a black man, thus containing in one body two marginalized communities. When he died of complications of AIDS in 1992, Cumbey left a pictorial saga of his journey through the culture of race and sexuality of the American South of the 1980s and 1990s, an indispensable testimony toward a greater understanding of America, its aesthetic voices and cultural tropes.
Shift, Sift, Swoosh Bods: Works by Levester Williams
On view Oct 12 - Nov 18
“What happens, I ask, if we reimagine black objecthood as a way toward agency rather than its antithesis, as a strategy rather than simply a primal site of injury?” –Uri McMillan, Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance.
Shift, Sift, Swoosh Bods is a multimedia installation of sculptures, sound, video performances and animations where the artist Levester Williams blurs the boundaries between performer, instrument, and audience. His installation facilitates bodily interactions through these media—both visual and sonic displays—by which the artist disrupts presumed knowledge of being an object to be acted upon to being a subject that acts. Thus, through performance, the artist invites the audience to reimagine the self by reorienting the body with action and sound and, thereby, shifting the self away from a mere observer to a more fluid state of agency.
For more information, please visit odu.edu/gordongalleries or call the Gordon Galleries at (757) 683-6271.
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