25 March 2008


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.


Anonymous said...

phunluva has left a new comment on your post "Overview":

this sounds like a nice set-up.. i have always been a fan of promoting the black male image as best as i know how.

Anonymous said...

crimsonpurl has left a new comment on your post "Overview":

You have been in my thoughts but good to know the exhibition is doing well!

Anonymous said...

JayBee has left a new comment on your post "Overview":

glad the exhibition is going well. let us know when the interview is published in the magazine.

SkylerHoward said...

The painting by Juan Logan called "A Man called Nigga," in my opinion displayed the inside of a slave's brain and what actual plans a slave has in mind to do. Inaside the brain there was a map showing how the slave was planning to escape to find freedom. At the top of the head, I saw waves that represents the ocean which lead to land and finally headed into freedom. I think that all slaves that lived years ago had the same general idea and plan. They all wanted something that others took away from the and thought they didn't deserve it. Something that would change the rest of their lives and make life more happy and free, that is freedom.
The scuplture by Elizabeth Catlett that was called "American Family," was a scuplture of a father holding his wife who was holding her son. This reminded me of when JIm, in the book " MArk Twain Adventures sof Huckleberry Finn," was having a conversation with Huck, his best friend, about how he couldn't wait to be free from slavery anf to be a father and hvae a family. Jim sounded so excited when discussing it to Huck. I think he started to get a little ahead of himself.