Enjoy light refreshments at this joint reception for two exhibitions, Drifter History and Black Gods of the Metropolis.
Drifter History: Works by Chris Mahonski
On view January 12 – February 17
Drifter History is an immersive installation in which the artist transforms the gallery into a field of walking staffs. Guests are invited to meander and experience connections between walking and anxieties of change, departures and arrivals, and mixing identities and origins.
Black Gods of the Metropolis: The Drawings of J. Alan Cumbey
On view Sept 15, 2018 – Jan 27, 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.
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