Picturing the Black Fantastic, curated by Dodd MFA alum Drék Davis, is currently on view at the Lyndon House Arts Center.
In 1968 Darlyne Killian became the first African American student to graduate with an art degree from UGA. 20 years later, her legacy was embodied in the student founders of us artist collective, a predominately African American collective that served to make visible the works of artists underrepresented in University of Georgia. This contemporary gathering of pieces by many of the original members addresses current social concerns around “otherness”, race, sexuality, gender, safety, access, and agency. The current American political climate and the historic legacies of discrimination continue to have consequences to the physical and emotional health of our society. Present & Accounted For looks boldly and unflinchingly at these issues that shape, transform, challenge, and define our humanity.
Guest curator Davis, Professor of Art at Grambling State University in Louisiana, selected works by 9 artists for this exhibition.
“It has been incumbent upon Americans of African descent to see themselves for themselves in order to counteract the stereotypical imagery rooted in the furtherance of bigoted agendas. From Henry Ossawa Tanner’s brush, to Gordon Parks’ lens, Sun Ra’s Arkestra, and Elizabeth Catlett’s forms, artists have fashioned a new Blackness that was both rooted in the reality of representational imagery and apart at the same time. Both magical and fantastic, ancestral and futuristic.”
On view will be drawings, paintings, sculpture and installations by Melody Croft, Shanequa Gay, Donte Hayes, Jeremy Hughes, Lester Merriweather, Jessica Scott-Felder, Vitus Shell, Dante Yarbrough and Wima.
Picturing the Black Fantastic is on view at Lyndon House through October 13.