January 11, 2013
Curated by Odie Rynell Cash
January 11 - March 22, 2013
Opening Reception: January 11, 6-9
With a black population of over 80 percent, Detroit’s African American community plays a significant role in this city’s cultural identity and economic future. As Detroit moves ahead into the 21st century, what role will the African American population play in the Detroit’s development in the community at large? How will Detroit’s African American population define itself in the new century while dealing with various issues that impacts growth, development, and cultural enrichment in Detroit and within the black community.
The exhibition “Black Detroit 21” addresses social concerns within Detroit’s African American community by exploring the topics of identity, territory, protest, sexuality, and transition. The 11 artists in the exhibition are from different genders, races, sexual orientations and generations whose work either documents and/or is influenced by Detroit’s African American community. The installation of the artists work in “Black Detroit 21” presents a visual context to create a dialogue around these topics.
Featuring work by:
Maurice Greenia, Jr.
James La Croix
Jasmine Murrell (image, Moon Children Everywhere)
Tylonn J. Sawyer
Sean Rodriguez Sharpe