I reserved some tickets to the Broad museum a couple weeks ago and invited some friends. Every Thursday until August 29th for the summer, “Soul of a Nation,” is free to guests. To jump the line, reserving tickets is your best bet.
There were so many pieces by black artists- not often do you get to experience such an installation; from varying mediums of collage work, abstract, representational to sculptures and more.
Although some pieces were not understood, I still comprehended what was being exhibited: Black freedom is black art: it is a safe space to be vulnerable and without restrictions. “Soul of a Nation” is on view for the summer and deserves a visit if you have yet to.
After visiting, I have two new favorite artists: Raymond Saunders from Oakland, Ca and Barkley L.. Hendricks from North Philadelphia.
Hendricks', "Brilliantly Endowed," is fascinating with his choice of bold colors and strong realistic features. This piece commands so much attention; the representation of a black male in the comfort of himself is so rare in museum spaces.
Saunders reminds me of me. His bold choice of colors and grand sizing is more of what I aspire to create. The exhibition is inspiring- it is confirmation that BLAK KANVAS is not a basic fantasy- it is a reality that will further come into fruition with consistency.
Art is essential to the forward movement of people: Black art is imperative to the forward movement of my people. Because of this understanding, opening an atmosphere to allow for creative freedom and abundance thrives.
Jacob Gray invited me to be a part of his project that he is currently working on. He is a filmmaker in pursuit of accomplishing all of his creative endeavors. A short film is currently in production- this was the first time I was a focus: challenging , yet extremely fun.
I would like to believe that a "Blak" Renaissance is what we are a part of. Young creators are consistently working towards their goals and not allowing this idea of an over populated field to hinder our ideas and creativity. Networking amongst visual creators always inspires me- it brings an atmosphere of, "yes, I can do this," attitude.
Black art moves the culture forward. When I met Adia Millett, I expressed how much she inspired me. She was confirmation that my journey is not unrealistic. Her work is vibrant and contextual- it shared vulnerable pieces of her and her childhood.
"Breaking Patterns," was on view from February 5 to August 25, 2019 at the California African American Art Museum. What she accomplished at CAAM is what I aspire to achieve as well: exposure, recognition, and understanding. Like Saunders, she is based in Oakland, Ca.
As a multi-media artist, Millett encomapsses her vulnerability in various forms; as paintings, photographs, quilts, and recreating home spaces to peer in, and even interact with.
To be a recognized Black creator is so important to me. There is such a lack of exposure for Black artists and their mediums so when safe spaces are made available it is exciting to view. "Soul of a Nation" is important for the culture- Adia Milliett is important for the culture- creating your own opportunities and avenues is also very important for the culture.