On view until May 27, 2019
The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes
This exhibition will showcase many unpublished Ernie Barnes original paintings, as well as artifacts from his life. Barnes was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. After five seasons as a professional football player, he retired at age 27 to pursue art. Known for his unique style of elongation, energy, and movement, Barnes is the first professional American athlete to become a noted painter!
North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh
On view until July 6, 2019
While in residence, Vonnie plans to continue work on his project "Mae in the Midst of a Summer," which recounts the unsolved murder of his maternal grandmother, Mae Ethel Turner, killed in 1996. Through an interactive zine, experimental film, and collaged works, combining photographs from childhood with present-day images, Vonnie seeks to imagine his grandmother's would-be-existence in the present. Using two familial leather photo albums, Vonnie will also explore the role of the album in creating memory and meaning in Black families.
Power Plant Gallery
320 Blackwell St, Durham
On view until July 31, 2019
Artist statement: "When I perceive similar characteristics between myself and other people, I feel compelled to learn more about them. In part, this can help satisfy a desire for self-affirmation and the artworks I create often reflect this desire. I am able to validate some of my own life experiences, while simultaneously imagining the world from the perspective of other individuals, by speaking with, photographing, and painting other Black men. Assumptions made before engaging with the people I collaborate with are often blown apart once we begin speaking. These unexpected encounters of diversity are welcome reminders of the breadth of the Black diaspora. The creative process allows me to revel in expressions of individual and collective Blackness, one person at a time. The artworks that I create are a byproduct of that love and curiosity."
21c Museum Hotel
111 N Corcoran St, Durham