Beauty in the Heart of Africa
Works by Cecilia Givens
Masks from the Private Collection of Afro-Venezuelan Orlando Acevedo
For three decades, native Venezuelan Orlando Acevedo has been collecting African Art. These items reminded him of the masking and dancing traditions of his Afro-Venezuelan heritage called Diablos de Yare. Over the years, Mr. Acevedo has collected numerous items from ethnic groups throughout the continent including the Dogon, Dan, Chokwe, Asante, Akan, Lobi and many others. Some of his favorite pieces are those of the Senufo, Dan and Baules of the Ivory Coast. This exhibit highlights the pride one individual has shown in his African heritage while also highlighting the diversity that exists in classical African Art. Each mask on display has cultural and spiritual meaning for the group of people that made it. Upon the close of this show, Mr. Acevedo will donate his entire collection to a developing Afro-Venezuelan cultural arts center.
Synthesia: A Blending of the Senses
Works by Carl Joe Williams
Curator: Jennifer Williams
Williams’ exhibition was a blending of the senses focused on art and music: seeing, sounds, and hearing colors. As an artist and musician, Williams heightens the exhibit visitors’ sensory experience with an accompanying musical CD, featuring Mario Abney and Zena Moses, that is also entitled Synesthesia. His vision was to create an exhibit that infused visual art, music, and spoken word (rap/poetry). The art work focused on paintings and found objects such as: wooden palettes, doors, musical instruments, tires, televisions, etc. Found objects are a continuum of a narrative flowing through the work, becoming elements of a story intricately woven into a work of art in order to create a new meaning and new context.
Inspiration for the exhibition came from a condition called Synesthesia or “joined perception” in which stimulation of one sensory leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory.
In Light and Shadow
Works by Ayo Scott
As the son of one of the greatest art icons to spring from New Orleans, Ayo Scott presents this new body of work that seeks to situate him within the contemporary visual art establishment. Highly influenced by two life-altering events, namely the death of his father and Hurricane Katrina, Ayo pushes the acknowledgement of an existence of a space that lies between reality and dreams. Both political and personal in nature, this coming-of-age exhibit enters the realm of Afro-futurism and the possibilities that exist within a new wave of collective consciousness. The exhibition also features selected pieces from John T. Scott, which provides a visual posthumous conversation between father and son.