Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI)
New Art Exhibition “Race, Myth, Art, and Justice” explores the Mythology of Race in the 21st Century
Artist Credit: Radcliffe Roye, Cotton Field, 2014. Digital photography, 60 x 60 in. Courtesy of the artist
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 6 PM - 8 PM | On View: November 15, 2018 - June 15, 2018
New York, New York -- Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in collaboration with Creative Justice Initiative presents a timely exhibition curated by Grace Aneiza Ali and C. Daniel Dawson, that explores intersecting ideas of race, myth, art, and justice through the diasporic lens and unique interpretations of twelve inter-generational photographers.
“We are in a historic moment of heightened racism, of myths designed to further fracture a young nation still on the path of healing and dealing with the inhumane ravages of enslavement. Myths presented as truths frame a narrative of increased racism, exclusion, poverty, incarceration, and displacement” said by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Project Coordinator.
The exhibition features the work of Kwesi Abbensetts, Faisal Abdu’Allah, Terry Boddie, Jonathan Gardenhire, John E. Dowell, Jr. Adama Delphine Fawundu, Deborah Jack, Zoraida Lopez-Diago, Radcliffe Roye, Stan Squirewell, Ming Smith, Deborah Willis. Via innovative contemporary art practices, the photographers engage with the premise of “race” as a social construct rooted in myth, while simultaneously interrogating its profound implications and indignities on our 21st-century lives.
With roots in the United States and throughout Africa and the Caribbean—including Guyana, Jamaica, Nevis, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, and Sierra Leone—the photographers draw from an African Diasporic worldview steeped in their personal experiences as well as larger geographical political histories. Collectively, their images offer a poignant and provocative portrait of the ways the mythology of race and the pursuit of justice continue to permeate the global African experience.
Race, Myth, Art, and Justice celebrates a community of voices who illuminate how art continues to serve as a powerful tool for justice. As part of CCCADI’s commitment to public engagement and collaboration, the curators invited thirteen dynamic scholars, activists, artists, and writers to reflect on the exhibition’s works. Through their thoughtful framing, we witness how the images transcend limiting labels of “political,” “radical,” or “protest” art. These photographs are not merely gestures or symbolic meditations on race and justice. Instead, they reflect exclusion, erasure, and invisibility as the lived realities we wrestle and resist every day.
Curators: Grace Aneiza Ali and C. Daniel Dawson | Project Coordinator: Marta Moreno Vega, President of the Creative Justice Initiative
The opening reception will debut the exhibition and will feature remarks by our new Executive Director Melody Capote, curators, artists, and a festive reception.
To learn more about the exhibition click here: https://cccadi.org/racemythartandjustice
Founded in 1976 by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) is a vibrant home for global Afro-descendent cultural programming. A multi-disciplinary center based in East Harlem, New York City, CCCADI integrates art, education, activism and conscious cultural tourism to foster social transformation. The Center documents and present the creative genius of African Diaspora cultures; prepare the next generation of cultural leaders; and unite Diaspora communities. CCCADI carries out its mission through public art exhibitions, performances, educational programs, workshops, conferences and international exchanges, and reaches more than 20,000 people annually throughout New York City, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe.
Major support for the exhibition has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Ford Foundation, with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
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CCCADI is most grateful for support from:
Foundations: American Express Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Carlos & Suzy Pagan Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, Hispanic Federation; New York Women's Foundation, New York Community Trust, Pinkerton Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Tides Foundation, Time Warner Foundation; Corporations: Bronx Lebanon Hospital; Con Edison, United Health Care; Public: New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC & Co., Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone; Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York State Senator Kevin Parker, New York Council Member Bill Perkins, New York State Assembly Member Carmen Arroyo, New York State Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez, New York City Council Member Diana Ayala, New York City Council Member Laurie Cumbo; Community Organizations: Casabe House, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Harlem Community Development Corporation and other generous individual donors.
For additional information please visit: https://www.cccadi.org/
To arrange a tour of the exhibit or an interview please contact Janet Sackey at Jsackey@cccadi.org / 212-307-7420 Ext 206