Opening Reception: Saturday, January 18 from 5pm to 8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 15 from 2pm to 4pm
Main Gallery: Cold Hands, Warm Heart: Myths of Black Womanhood
Curated by Deirdre Darden
This multi-disciplinary group exhibition features artists Asha Elana Casey, Amber Robles Gordon, Helina Metaferia (image above,) and Tsedaye Makonnen. The title of the show comments on the duplicity of appearing stern on the outside, while being truly tender within, and examines the double consciousness black women develop, from being frequently accused of appearing intimidating or angry, while simultaneously being assigned the label of a nurturer.
Lab Gallery: Playing to WIN
Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter
Aziza’s methodical mixed media assemblages comment on the destructive nature of competition and how it relates to our contemporary society, asking the question; can the goal of winning seem so significant that it becomes a blinding force? Using motifs from classic board games, lotto tickets, playing cards, and quotes, Aziza creates images that reflect on the concept of playing to win.
Front Window Feature: Diana N’Diaye
Diana N’Diaye, is a maker and mender, creating art that stimulates and engages viewers in conversations about identity, healing, transformation, and social justice. Her display features a new line of wearable textile jewelry, informed by her own identity and inspired by many cultural traditions of piecing; from African American patchwork quilting, to Japanese boro, to European needlework.
Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.