Gantt exhibit examines struggles, forces, and celebrations of black creativity – WSOC TV
The work of multimedia artist Percy King is featured among 24 others in the first biennial Visual Vanguard: An Exhibition of Black Carolina Artists at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.
King’s three-dimensional wooden portrait is a unique assembly method that he referred to as the Shaolin wood technique.
Visual Vanguard is a review of twenty-five artists who create a variety of dynamic and versatile media.
The exhibit examines the struggles, forces, and celebrations of black creativity in the Carolinas through visual art, performance, video, and poetry.
Historically, African-American artists have been forced to forge their way into the art world, challenging traditional ideas of cultural representation and creating their own systems of merit, criticality and reward outside of the mainstream. .
Open Air is a monthly series of virtual studio tours and intimate conversations with black artists across the United States.
During the virtual program, participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at the new art being created, while connecting the works of creators to some of the most pressing issues of our time.
Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, King attended an arts-oriented elementary school, served as a defensive back for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1995-2000, earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, and then pursued a brief NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs. .
The multimedia artist has represented everyday African Americans, artists, politicians – including President Barack Obama – and other creatives.
His portrayal of Langston Hughes was among the works featured in âI, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 (2018-2019)â, the Columbus Museum of Art’s award-winning exhibition curated by researcher Wil Haygood.
King has six works in the permanent collection of the Columbus Museum of Art.
This free virtual program will air Tuesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. on the official Gantt Center YouTube channel.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture celebrates the contributions of Africans and African Americans to American culture and serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual arts, film, arts education, literature and community programs. sensitization.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture presents, preserves and celebrates excellence in the art, history and culture of African Americans and people of African descent.
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