Opening Reception: Sunday, May 22 from 4pm to 5pm
A group art exhibition will be on view at the Anacostia Art Center from May 15 to June 19 that address ideals of beauty, black consciousness, heritage and identity. All art is about/for and negritude inspired.
Unapologetic Négritude curated by artist Michael Hyman. The show is dedicated to creating a visual experience that is as much homage to a black aesthetic as it is a stark critique on social matters in the world today. What has been assembled is a cohesive and diverse collection of art, from some of today’s most daring artists.
The show concept addresses Michael Hyman’s brief that all artists should be a voice of their time and this can only be done by being present. Thus they should and must address their times by speaking on and about social issues via their art. A key ambition of the exhibition is to show artists in the specific contexts from which their pieces emerged, as well as speak to a historical and artistic evolution that both question and advance the conversation about the black effect. The exhibition is therefore organized into contextual sections with a wide range of mediums and styles – from old masters to emerging technologies such as 3D printed sculptures.
Unapologetic Négritude celebrates the beauty of blackness, through figures that transcend the stereotypical African features so often exaggerated in token black artist exhibitions. So the Neo Negritude movement aims to change this by creating culturally uncensored representation of art that celebrates diversity and creativity with a black effect “Unapologetically” and by showcasing new artist and highlighting negritude artistic expressions, they can experience their Négritude as a fact, a revolt, and be responsible for the destiny of their art. This “being-in-the-world” or present will write them into history on their own terms and validate their achievements.
Unapologetic Négritude consists of Michael Hyman- curator, and artists: Bisa Butler, Robert Nelson, Michael Dixon, Brian Gaither. Javier Berrio, Bill Jones, Dante Kirkman, Diamond M. Gray, Donte K Hayes, Nico Amortegue, Beth Consetta Rubel, Mernie Williams-Baker, Raphael Diaz, Summer Marie Brown, and Cidgy Bossuet.
The show is free and open to the public, they invite the general public, educators, art collector, and especially student groups. Please contact Michael at [email protected] to arrange group tours.
Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE.