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Looking Forward Look Black Artists

Geneva, NY — Two artists whose works appear in the national art exhibition Looking Forward, Look Black will speak at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in May. Looking Forward, Looking Black opened in the HWS Houghton House Gallery on April 30 and will be on display until May 24.

Artist Emma Amos will give two talks on Thursday, May 13. The first will be a presentation of her own work at 1:30 p.m.; the second will be a lecture titled “Seeing in The Dark,” at which she will discuss the current controversy surrounding the artists in the exhibition. Artist Renee Cox will speak on campus at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18. The evening lecture is titled “Yo’ Mama to Raje: The Making of a Superhero.”

All the lectures will be held in Houghton House Room 212. The exhibition and lectures are free and open to the public.

The art exhibition Looking Forward, Looking Black, organized by Hobart and William Smith professor Jo Anna Isaak, examines race, representation, and the contested cultural constructions of identity. The black body has been everywhere in evidence in painting, film, photography — even cookie jars and lawn ornaments — and at the same time been rendered invisible. The artists in this exhibition reflect upon the vicissitudes of the representation of the black body over the century and look forward to forming a different picture of diasporic black peoples in the new millennium.

Other artists featured in the exhibit include Michael Ray Charles, Robert Colescott, Lesley Dill, Leon Golub, Glenn Ligon, Beverly McIver, Lyle Ashton Harris, Alison Saar, Bill Traylor, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and Peter Williams. Some of the essayists whose works accompany the exhibition include Isaak and Marilyn Jimenez, chair of the Africana studies program at HWS.

Following its display at HWS, the exhibition will then be moved to The Weatherspoon Art Gallery in North Carolina in August. It will also be shown in The Scottsdale Center for the Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona; The Yager Museum, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York; Georgia State University; and The Aidekman Art Center at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. It first opened at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, on February 5.

The Houghton House Gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and weekends from noon until 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Mary LeClair at 315: 781-3540

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