First Friday Opening, June 6, 2014
6p-9p with a special Pre-Opening ArtTalk, 5:45p, Reading by poet Candace Liger at 9p
Continues through July 11, 2014, No Charge
Myers Gallery, Hours: T, W,F,S: 1-5p; Th: 1-9p. Closed Sun & Mon
Noir Seeks to Define the Idea of African American Culture in Today's Society and examines the shifting definitions of African American culture from a different perspective.
Noir will feature artwork from Oklahoma African-American artists such as:
Noir is an examination of the shifting definition of Black culture. The history of the African American in the United States is unique because it resulted from generations of Blacks having to reinvent themselves due to slavery, loss of identity, and loss of culture. Through generations of recreation, the idea of “Black” has become even more complex. The class wars have also contributed to not only how African American's live, but also how African
American's view other African Americans.
“There was a time when being Black in America equaled the stereotype of impoverished and uneducated.” states Nathan Lee, executive director of Inclusion in Art. “The dying negative connotations of the state of being Black have quickly been replaced with new ideas. The question now is , what are they?”
Noir takes a group of artists and challenges them to create work that addresses all of the concepts above. It is meant to induce introspective thought and emotion. It is not meant to be a force of division. Noir will feature artwork from well known African American artists such as Skip Hill, Suzanne Thomas Justice and a plethora of talented emerging artists. The exhibition will feature video installation, mixed media works, photography and much more.
•ABOUT THE CURATOR
Nathan Lee is a well known visual artist, curator, and activist for the visual arts in Oklahoma. He is best known for co-producing the ground-breaking film “Transcend” and his work with the organization Inclusion in Art. Inclusion in Art is dedicated to advancing racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma's visual arts community.
NOIR is made possible through the generosity of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.