Black Borders: Artists of Color, Reframing Culture
The Art Galleries at TCU presents an exhibition curated by Christopher Blay
March 3 – May 5, 2018
Reception: Saturday, March 3rd, 6-8 pm
Fort Worth Contemporary Arts is pleased to present, Black Borders: Artists of Color, Reframing Culture, an exhibition featuring new video works and installations that both embrace and challenge notions of what it is to be a contemporary artist and a person of color. The practice of the participating artists navigates, supports and embodies this duality. What does it mean to be viewed as an African American artist, or a female artist of color? How do you make art that is your own within what is often considered a monolithic culture of Black art that is associated with the politics of race and social responsibility? These questions highlight the assumptions of audiences and the art-world expectations other artists, critics, curators and collectors.
Black Borders: Artists of Color, Reframing Culture opens at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts on Saturday, March 3rd, from 6-8 pm. Join curator Christopher Blay and the artists for this reception.
Black Borders: Artists of Color, Reframing Culture considers a creative practice by people of color that is independent and unapologetic, rejecting notions that an artist of color should only engage in the context of “a role model” or being a voice for their race or gender. The exhibition will include a new multi-channel video presentation from Amir George, new photography by Erika DeFreitas, and a new installation and live performance by Anansi kNOwBody. The works of each of these artists embrace their cultural identity while at the same time declare authorship of their disparate narratives, emphasizing the context and considerations for contemporary artists of color.
Fort Worth artist and writer Christopher Blay is guest curator for this exhibition. As Writer-In-Residence for The Art Galleries at TCU during the 2017 Fall semester, Blay interviewed and wrote about the work of visiting artists Larry Achiampong, David Blandy, and Baseera Khan whose exhibitions engaged with themes of identity and diaspora. His presentation of Black Borders: Artists of Color, Reframing Culture is a response to and a continuation of this conversation.
Fort Worth Contemporary Arts is one of two galleries that comprise The Art Galleries at TCU. Students and alumni of the College of Fine Arts and guest artists exhibit at these galleries. Fort Worth Contemporary Arts is located at 2900 W. Berry St. on the edge of the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas. Gallery Hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 12 – 5 pm, and by appointment. Admission is free.
For more information about this exhibition, images for press, or details about other activities of the Art Galleries at TCU, please contact Sara-Jayne Parsons, Contemporary Arts Curator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-257-2707.
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KERA discussion with curator Christopher Blay: