M.F.A. student (re)visions possibilites of post-black art
Curated by Master of Fine Arts and women’s and gender studies (WGS) graduate certificate candidate Venise Keys, (Re)Vision: What Is Post-Black Art? opened November 14 at Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington.
The stated mission for the exhibition is to contribute to the conversation of post-black art by (1.) showcasing emerging African-American artists exploring affirming possibilities of black identity in their art and perception as producers; (2.) bringing awareness to African-American art history by examining the efforts of black artists, collectives, and movements; and (3.) discussing privilege, power, and access to knowledge for artists of color in the academy.
(Re)Vision: What Is Post-Black Art? showcases early career artists with academic training ranging in overall experience. The selected works demonstrate a variety of subject matter and aesthetic approaches that critically interact with materials, process, and how they connect to re-present understandings of black identity in the world.
(Re)Vision: What Is Post-Black Art? was funded in part by a Friends of the Arts grant.
As a women’s and gender studies graduate certificate candidate, Keys has shown at the Rachel Cooper Gallery of the women’s and gender studies program. A culmination of her WGS 400: Independent Study, Keys exhibited a solo show, Habits of Survival, which ended in February 2015.
An artist talk for (Re)Vision: What Is Post-Black Art? will take place Wednesday, November 18, from 7-9 p.m. at Jan Brandt Gallery. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, November 28.