Opening Celebration for Black on Black on Black on Black

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Black and white image of a man and woman doing the bump, a dance from the late 1970s US popularized on Soul Train. Both dancers have natural afro hairstyles
Patrick Earl Hammie, D8.40.53 BUMP 1, 2021. Artist's giclee print. Courtesy of the artist and 33 Contemporary
Sep 24, 2022 - 12 noon to 6 pm
Link Gallery and Patio, West Gallery, Light Court, Contemporary Gallery
Co-sponsored and supported by by the School of Art & Design, College of Fine & Applied Arts, and Pygmalion. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Join us to open Black on Black on Black on Black, a collaborative exhibition by faculty artists Patrick Earl Hammie, Stacey Robinson, Blair Ebony Smith, and Nekita Thomas.

Black on Black on Black on Black will open to the public at 4pm, preceded by a day of events celebrating Black creativity through writing, music, and art.

12 noon to 3 pm | In partnership with Pygmalion, Krannert Art Museum and the School of Art & Design will host a daylong celebration in partnership with Pygmalion Festival, including food trucks, live jazz, and a reading by Nabil Ayers, author of My Life in the Sunshine: Searching for my Father and Discovering my Family.

3 to 6 pm | Join us for an Artists Panel Discussion at 3 pm, followed by the public reception catered by Neil Street Blues with music by DJ KamauMau and DJ Silkee in the Link Gallery. From 4 to 6 pm, be sure to come inside the museum to experience the exhibition.

About the Exhibition

Black on Black on Black on Black is an exhibition and series of interactive programming, co-created by the Black faculty at the School of Art & Design, which draws from lived experiences and Black speculation, featuring works across visual art and design, socially engaged practice, video, movement, and music. This exhibition and programming invites us to experience, explore, and reflect on Black identity, history, collectivity, healing, innovation, education, struggle, and joy.