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
On view until August 17, 2019
Insert Your Grandma's Name Here
Interactive and evolving installation by Monét Noelle Marshall. In the Ursa Minor Gallery. From the curator: This is a celebration of your grandma and, by extension, of you.A long overdue recognition of grandmothers as culture bearers, as creatives, as artists, as witnesses, as healers, as teachers, as....as.....as.....as love.This interactive and immersive multimedia experience is an invitation to visit with our own infiniteness.Cuz we ain't never not been here.Our grandmas are proof of that.
NorthStar Church of the Arts
220 West Geer St, Durham
On view until August 31, 2019
Co nun drum by Clarence Heyward
Clarence Heyward is an artist born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He relocated to North Carolina to study Art Education at North Carolina Central University. He currently resides in Clayton, North Carolina. Self-described as a painter of people; his work investigates social norms, challenges stereotypes and questions identity in the urban community. Using charcoal and oil/acrylic paint his portraits create a dialogue with the viewer. My work is about people. It is a visual narrative of stories told and untold of faces and figures who are often dismissed in the realm of fine art. The works feel familiar, yet distinctively different than “traditional works of art”. I create from my perspective, one of the people. My paintings include universal themes, provide visual commentary to both past and current events, and captures cultural truths. I use charcoal and acrylic paint to visually narrate stories of people, preserving them for future generations.
Triangle Cultural Art Gallery
8320 Litchford Rd., Ste 138, Raleigh, NC
On view until January 1, 2020
Divinity and art in the Western world have worked together to create a set of toxic ideals, one in which Whiteness is the sole standard of beauty and the genesis of Christianity. Anything ‘other’ is unworthy of God’s love and feeling beautiful. In this photographic series artist Kennedi Carter attempts to rewrite this narrative by injecting Blackness into these historically White spaces, to create a story that represents Blackness as beautiful and queerness as holy.21c Museum Hotel111 N Corcoran St, Durham