Sweet 16 | Artful Presence: Portraits from the Hattiloo Theatre Collection

Apr 17, 2022 - Jul 10, 2022

Presented by: The Joe Orgill Family Fund for Exhibitions

Organized by: The Dixon Gallery and Gardens

This spring, come experience something new and exciting at the Dixon! Each of our sixteen gallery spaces will feature an independent, Dixon-organized exhibition. From whimsical Rococo German porcelain to contemporary American abstraction, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and be inspired by in Sweet Sixteen.

Artful Presence: Portraits from the Hattiloo Theatre Collection WILLMOTT GALLERY.

This exhibition features a selection of portraits of renowned Black playwrights, actors, and other figures from the collection of Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis. Founded in 2006, Hattiloo is the only freestanding Black repertory theater in the Mid-South and one of only four such theaters in the country. In its fifteenth season, the theater has mounted more than fifty theatrical productions from The Wiz to Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

Zora Neale Hurston, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas

“The work of Carl E. Moore and David Jon Walker shares a range of overlapping concerns which include illustrating affirmations of humanity, addressing the ongoing struggle for civil rights and human rights, shared graphic sensibilities and commonalities in the expression of characters, figures, and typography, a love of process, and an ongoing pursuit of innovation within in their practices." Curated by Brian R. Jobe.
Carl E. Moore’s monumental multi-panel painting My South stems from the artist’s ongoing body of work focusing on the everyday dimensions of Black American life. Rendered in Moore’s characteristic style of solid colors and bold outlines, the painting explores the artist’s memories of growing up in the South. Set against rural and urban landscapes, his figures are situated in a blissful, nurturing state, surrounded by flowers, fruits, and honeybees. While much of the artist’s work focuses on racial identity and color, his use of black here shifts attention away from the race of the figures and instead to a more universal experience.
Moore wanted My South to draw attention away from stereotypes that deal with race and culture through a negative lens. The painting is about environment and identity and how the South is, in many ways, no different than any other place. There is life, love, history, and family. For the artist, the painting is also personal: it is about growing up in Mississippi, the memories of his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and moving away knowing that he would always have a home to which he could return. 
-Patricia Lee Daigle
"PAUSE. People, Places and Scenes" will open Feb. 3rd thru April 30th at The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.
The exhibition is a reflection of people living in their community, living their life and in their space, as black Americans living in a PAUSED position waiting. Waiting for the next headline or event to happen.
MassArt x SoWa is pleased to present the first in a series of graduate alumni curatorial projects, Protest and Power, on view from September 25-October 24, 2021. This exhibition is curated by Keith M. Francis.
Protest and Power explores the historic Civil Rights movement alongside the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement as a means of addressing the violence and racism that are embedded in the fabric of our nation. The concurrent pandemics of COVID-19 and violence against people of color call upon us to seize this moment, to engage issues of race and inequity with renewed energy and a vision for an equitable and enlightened future.
TONE, new exhibition " LIVING IN A BURING HOUSE" opens September 4 - October 16. The show is An Exploration of Empathy and Restorative Justice. Participating artist: Corian Close, Phillip Jackson, Le Marquee La Flora, Lester Merryweather,. Carl E Moore.
Presented by The University of Memphis Student Curatorial Team, the group exhibition Hindsight 2020 is a reflection on the scope of events encompassed by the year 2020 through the lens of artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, and other artists with non-traditionally represented identities. The exhibition present artworks that address the pandemic, recent political strife, social injustices, and movements responding to these injustices.
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