Hammonds House Museum will examine ‘Blackness’ in 2020 exhibitions and programs

Translocation & Transfiguration by Masud Olufani opens the exploration of “Blackness” at Hammonds House Museum.

The Hammonds House Museum in West End will examine “Blackness” in 2020 through a series of exhibitions, public programs, salons, youth events and digital space.

The year-long focus will be anchored by four exhibitions and will expand as additional artists, curators, thought leaders, scholars, and members of the public are invited to engage in the conversation.

Masud Olufani
Translocation & Transfiguration
Jan. 10-March 22
Translocation & Transfiguration explores how the social complication of ‘blackness’ in America has served as a catalyst for the creative brilliance, cultural inventiveness, and spiritual resilience characteristic of the African diaspora. The objectification, marginalization, commodification of the black body, and sustained multigenerational trauma visited upon it, necessitated a set of subversive practices and responses to insure survival. Through mixed media installations of sculpture, sound, video, photography, imagery and text, the artist investigates how tributaries of philosophical transference are manifested in the struggle of the African American community, and how modalities for survival can serve as touchstones of inspiration to a society fragmented by racism, sexism and extreme expressions of nationalism.

Maurice Evans and Grace Kisa
Nu Africans
April 2 – June 12
Nu Africans addresses the notion that Africans of the diaspora, through their particular set of circumstances, have evolved into their own tribe of Nu Africans.  Inspired by the legendary warriors and queens from the African continent, models were styled and photographed as a warrior and as a queen. Though the inspiration takes its roots from the continent, these women are from this time, this place, and embody all the experiences that have brought them here.

Pastor Troy with Shannon McCollumCurated by Kevin Sipp
The Art of Crunk According to Pastor Troy
June 26 – Aug. 9
Crunk music pioneer Pastor Troy rolled up to Hammonds House Museum’s January 2019 opening of Dandy Lion dressed to the nines in a Coogi sweater, yellow pants and yellow newsboy cap.  Two weeks later, he was back at the museum discussing his ideas about creating a special Crunk Exhibition. An all-star team of Pastor Troy, photographer Shannon McCollum and curator Kevin Sipp will examine the Art of Crunk According to Pastor Troy through music, video and photography.

 Tracy Murrell
Walking in Your Shoes… Exploring Haitian Migration
Aug. 28 – Nov. 1
Hammonds House Museum in partnership with the Haitian Cultural Exchange, with funding from the National Performance Network, has commissioned artist Tracy Murrell to explore contemporary Haitian migration. She will produce new artistic works with the intention of offering a counter-narrative to the immigration story and bring to light the universality of migration as a shared experience.

For more information about the series, visit hammondshouse.org.

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