WILLIE LITTLE, American, 1964-
The Blocks Tell the Story 2005
mixed media assemblage
Scene in America: A Contemporary Look at the Black Male Image will take an in-depth look at identity and race in Contemporary art. This exhibition will comprise of 27 paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculpture from the Mint Museum’s collection, regional institutions, private collectors and artists. Scene in America will delve into black male identity through the perspective of not only African-American male artists, but from artists of different races and genders.
This exhibition, the first of its kind at the Mint Museum, will explore identity and art with emphasis on power through black masculinity: from usurpation to attainment. Many African-American men have labored for a piece of the American dream only to have obstacles through the legacy of slavery and persecution to dealing with the same stereotypes in 2008. Scene in America will also focus on politics, socioeconomics, and youth identity.
The earliest works included in the show are from Harlem Renaissance masters Hale Woodruff and Romare Bearden. Other established artists include Elizabeth Catlett, Camille Billops and Samella Lewis. This show will also feature emerging artists John Hairston, Jr. and Antoine “RAW” Williams. More importantly, Scene in America will feature artists from the region such as Juan Logan, Willie Little, Tommie Robinson, and John Biggers, among others. Collectively, Scene in America will create dialogue and bridge communities through art and history.