Sharing history and its complexities through art is important to me, so I was honored to participate in this unique opportunity. The book was wonderful too. The following is from the City Gallery website.
The Avery Research Center, and the MOJA Arts Festival kicked off the NEA Big Read with Homegoing, a “novel about the legacy of chattel slavery by African-born writer Yaa Gyasi spanning eight generations.” It shows the parallel lives of two 18th-century Ghana-born half-sisters and follows their descendants through historical periods such as the American Civil War and the great Harlem Jazz Age. For this NEA Big Read juried exhibition, South Carolina artists were asked to submit recent work highlighting themes from the book, including heritage and identity, family, progress, racism, and slavery. Jurors for the exhibition were Dr. Tamara Butler, Executive Director of the Avery Research Center; Daron Calhoun II, Facilities, Outreach and Public Programming Coordinator and Race and Social JusticeInitiative Coordinator; and Djuanna Brockington, 2023 Black Ink Festival Committee member.
Earlier this autumn as part of the NEA Big Read, the Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) hosted two special book club discussions in October, and the MOJA Arts Festival presented the premiere of a new dance work, Origin, by Harambee Dance Company, exploring connections between West Africa and the American South. More discussion groups are planned alongside special events with the Black Ink Festival and the Avery Research Center.
INVITED ARTISTS FOR THIS EXHIBITION ARE: Fairoozan Abdullah Oyindamola Adewale Brittany Alston Indira Bailey Karole Turner Campbell Lee Garrard Karyn Healey Tyeisha Jenkins Okeeba Jubalo Ben Kelly Alia Kroos Catherine Lamkin Robert Maniscalco Ervin McDaniel Richa Pokhrel Anne Sbrocchi Cynthia Sims Lauren Sloan La Toya Thompson Keith Tolen Jalen Williams Grace Womack
ABOUT THE AVERY RESEARCH CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE The Avery Research Center’s mission is to collect, preserve, and promote the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with an emphasis on Charleston, the South Carolina Lowcountry, and beyond. As part of the College of Charleston’s Library system, the Avery Research Center’s archival collections, museum exhibitions, and public programming reflect these diverse populations as well as the wider African Diaspora.
Homegoing show art drop at City Gallery with Anne Quattlebaum.
Connected Here, There, and Everywhere
Art drop at Avery Research Center's Cox Gallery with Anne Quattlebaum and Courtney Hicks.
AVERY RESERCH CENTER 125 BULL ST, CHARLESTON Cox Gallery hours- M,W,F 10am to noon and 1:30pm to 3:3opm; T, Th by appointment only. CLOSED: 12/22 through 1/2
An open house will be held Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, January 11, 2023 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Avery Reserach Center
CITY GALLERY 34 PRIOLEAU STREET, CHARESLTON Gallery hours - Wednesday-Sunday from noon until 5pm.CLOSED: 12/23-27, 12/30-1/2