Intentional Tension Artist Panel
Wednesday August 24, 6:30 - 8:00
Tully Levine Gallery at the ArtsXchange on the Deuces Corridor
Free to WADA Members | $20 for Non-Members
About the Exhibition:
Geveryl Robinson, MFA, Assistant Professor, Dept. of English, USF
“It's an artist's duty to reflect the times in which we live.” Those words, spoken by the incomparable Nina Simone perfectly articulate the pieces showcased in the exhibit aptly titled “Intentional Tension.” This exhibit is one of art, yes, but it is also one of truth. It is a reflection of our times past, and how our nation’s intentional refusal to acknowledge and learn from the past has continued throughout the centuries.
Through caricatures, abstraction, sculpture, portraiture, and fantasy, “Intentional Tension” showcases how Black people view the world and how we are viewed. How our ancestors viewed our future and how tensions have hindered their vision. How women simultaneously view and control their bodies and how that same control is being stripped away. How Black people’s peace is as a still river and how aversion to that peace causes others to rock the boat to the point of censorship because the art is a reflection of a past they’d soon like to forget and one they’d like others to ignore.
However, what’s past is indeed prologue, and “Intentional Tension” was curated with the power, the realness, the history, and the truth of our inability to reconcile that past with our present while allowing the artists the freedom to indeed reflect the times in which Black people lived and still live today.
Artists in the Exhibition
McArthur Freeman, MFA,MA, Associate Professor, School of Fine Arts USF
Hillary Van Dyke
Dallas Cooper Jackson, Ed.D
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