Zenith Gallery Presents:
Hubert Jackson and Curtis Woody
African American Civil War Memorial and Museum
1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC 20001
Exhibit Dates: July 18th – September 30th, 2018
July18, 1998, Twenty years ago the African American Civil War Memorial and museum opened its doors in the historic U Street section of Washington. From the beginning the Civil War memorial project had two objectives. One objective was to correct a great wrong in history and the second was to contribute to the economic revitalization of the U Street Shaw community. Over the period we have succeeded in changing the narrative of the Civil War to include messages about the role of the USCT in ending slavery and keeping America united under one flag. Today U Street, NW is a diverse, economically healthy community where people live, worship, have meaningful jobs and work together.
Two Zenith Gallery artists, Hubert Jackson and Curtis Woody will have their works featured during the 20th anniversary celebration of the African American Civil War Memorial and museum. Hubert Jackson, a retired DC Art Teacher, and career artist, will exhibit his “Spirits of the Battleground” series. Each painting in the series refers to a specific battle during the Civil war. Jackson collects relics, artifacts and other organic material from the specific battle and battleground, such as, bullets, tree bark, projectiles, and horse shoes. “The spirits of those who have come and gone but remain anonymous and unaccounted for through war, slavery, poverty or the passage of time. Although they are no longer physically present, their spirits remain with us as they have become one with nature – embodied within the life forms that emerge from the earth.” Curtis Woody’s mixed media quilt paintings uses replicas of vintage newspaper advertisement, newspaper articles, found objects, and photographs that are then mounted on museum blocks. The blocks are manipulated spontaneously to create a design with colors, patterns and textures to direct these compositions. The result is a work that strikes the balance between spontaneity and a carefully planned composition of historical relevance. “The beauty of mixed media art is the flexibility it offers to start with things around you and expand from there. As a mixed media painter, I juxtapose these visual elements into a language of moods and reactions that allow for the viewer’s own interpretations.”