There is Black Art in the Future
About the Exhibit
Black women too often are silenced in a world that depends on them. "There is Black Art in the Future" rejects that reality by providing a public space to amplify their voices. In this exhibition, seven Black female artists address the crises of our time by drawing on their experiences and communities for inspiration. They confront issues of racial injustice, inequality, Covid-19, climate change, repression and political polarization. They challenge the status quo and remind us that Black Lives Matter and Black Art Matters. To see their works in real life, visit the Pitt Building in downtown Pittsburgh at 211-213 Smithfield St., where they will be on display in the form of enormous murals.
The Great Together
The Great Together is a declaration of love, community, nostalgia and abundance. During a time of separation and uncertainty, The Great Together was created with the idea of memorializing moments, spaces and people. It's about the space we make for one another and the mystic presence our ancestors present within such spaces. With an overarching theme of community, this collage was crafted to nurture our warmest memories of sharing spaces and experiences with the ones closest to us.
This work was created with mixed media with the use of acrylic paint for the background, pencil sketching, and digital drawing/editing. The piece explores the unique challenges that we as individuals carry throughout the years. In some ways, it explores how much people have struggled and are struggling. In other ways it is expressing the challenge of surrender and shifting a person’s mindset in the midst of despair in order to move through the storm. The light around the woman praying acts as a reminder to hope.
I Am is a representation of black power, strength, and resilience. It not only represents Black women but Black people, who must continue to vibrate high despite the thoughts, opinions, and judgments of others who do align with who we are as a people.
This piece addresses the compound, layered challenges that local marginalized and under-resourced communities are facing during the pandemic, including COVID-19 complications globally, police brutality and social unrest on a national level, in addition to unhealthy environmental conditions when it comes to local water and air quality in Pittsburgh.
Avalanche is loaded with symbolism. The woman shown with her mask on, arms outstretched, tears rolling, represents Black people on the front lines and in everyday life who feel the emotion and weight of each compounded layer on her shoulders.