Upcoming Exhibitions: Studio Arts – Painting Associate Professor Patrick Hammie
Crooked Tree Arts Center, 322 Sixth Street, Traverse City, MI
September 27 - November 13
Reception: Thursday, September 30, 5:30-7 p.m.
Foreward centers a Black family's intergenerational acts of survival, rebellion, and hope. These experiences are too often buried behind leading news stories not typically curated by, or considerate of, Black people's needs and knowledge.
“Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth"
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, Michigan
October 9, 2021 - January 2, 2022
This ten-city national touring exhibition tells a narrative of America through the profiles of 25 African-American men who are icons in the country’s historical and cultural landscape, including: Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Kendrick Lamar. I contributed a commissioned portrait of Romare Bearden (1911-1988): a visual artist, activist, and author known for his oil paintings and collages focused on black community, identity, and narrative.
Freeport Art Museum, 121 North Harlem Avenue, Freeport, Illinois
October 23, 2021 - February 12, 2022
Reception: Saturday, October 23
I Am... Legend is a collection of drawings that study and acknowledge centuries of racialized angst and terrorism, visualizes how far both powerful and marginalized people go to alleviate fear, and considers the legacies of survival. I am informed by the television program Soul Train and widely distributed 19th- and early 20th-century lynching photographs. This collection taps into the fear of the Other through an ethno-Gothic lens to question the lynch mob’s self-heroization, disrupt a nostalgic gaze upon Soul Train and historic vigilantism, and propose that our personal connection to collective experience allows fresh space for empathy and action.