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The Open Gallery presents Periphery, featuring the work of Kirk Maynard from March 18th– May 1st, 2020. Periphery, addresses the marginalization of black people in certain spaces of America. A reception will be held on Thursday, April 2 from 6-8 P.M. An Artist Talk will also be given 12-1pm on April 2 in the Cafritz Building, Multidisciplinary Depot, room CF145. The events and exhibition are located at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center of Montgomery College on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. For more information, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/arts-tpss/exhibitions/. Free and open to the public.
Says Maynard about his work:
I was inspired to create this piece based on articles I read of police and other authorities being called on black people for existing in certain spaces. The constant suspicion of black bodies for existing in certain spaces has personally made me aware of my own existence in society, and how I am perceived as a black man in America. The subjects in my work are copies of myself, without my face presented. This dual presentation, shown without facial features, is a commentary on the marginalization of black people in certain spaces that ignore our full humanity in the presence of stereotypes. The hand positions that are seen in my poses symbolize an introspective look at existing in unwelcome spaces. Existing in these hostile spaces can cause people of color to shrink themselves because of societal pressure to behave and present themselves as innocently as possible to the public.
About the Series:
This is the 3rd show of this year’s themed exhibition series, Self, which invites artists to explore contemporary ideas of Self Portraiture by engaging with the self through either representational or conceptual means.
About the Artist
Kirk Maynard is a mixed media artist and educator from Brooklyn, New York. A second-generation Guyanese-American, Maynard’s work focuses on the political undercurrents of culture and identity in America. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in New York City, San Francisco, and New Jersey. He has also given artist talks at the New Museum, Queens College, and Princeton University. Maynard currently lives and works in Orange, New Jersey.
About the Open Gallery:
The Open Gallery’s exhibitions complement the academic programs of Montgomery College’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts while bringing art to the community. As part of the Silver Spring arts community, exhibitions focus on current pieces by working artists. The gallery is on the ground floor of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the West side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The center is located off Georgia Avenue at 930 King Street. Parking is available in the West Campus Garage, located immediately behind the center.
The Open Gallery at the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center at Montgomery College is located at 930 King Street, Silver Spring, MD. For more information, visit https://www.montgomerycollege.edu/academics/departments/visual-performing-arts-tpss/current-exhibition-schedule.html. Free and open to the public.