For the past 7 months, I’ve been organizing the group exhibition Mythologies, which opens tomorrow (Friday the 7th). It all began as an idea amongst my friends and fellow members of Black at SAIC, of which I am the co-chair. When discussing our work with each other, we began to see that many topics considered passé by the art world (identity politics, feminism, collectivism, historical revision) are of particular interest to many of us, as young emerging artists of color. Apparently, not everyone has bought into the high modernism white-cubing of contemporary art nor the post-black agenda, and we immediately set about finding a space to recognize and celebrate that. Next semester, we hope to program more events that expand upon our collective efforts.
Mythologies: Challenging “Otherness ” and Other Tropes of American Pop Culture
Curated by Rashayla Marie Brown
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor, Chicago, IL
Reception: Friday, December 7, 4:30 –7:00 p.m.
Exhibition open from December 7 –January 4
This exhibition explores the work of artists compelled to locate themselves within the identity-based mythologies of popular culture and mass media. Including a range of references as broad as Trayvon Martin and Malcolm X to cheerleading squads and movie trailers, Mythologies navigates the vernacular of pop iconography in a variety of media including photo, video, painting, and fibers. Mythologies was organized through a jury selection process initiated by current students at the School of the Art Institute.
Jury: James Britt, Simone Jelics (Co-organizer), Shahrazad Shareef
Artists: David Alekhuogie, Rashayla Marie Brown, Alexandria Eregbu, Christina A. Long, Hannah Rodriguez, Cameron Welch