Location:Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery Hepburn Hall 323
"Thy Kingdom Come" Nyugen Smith
January 31 - March 6th
Smith's mixed media paintings, found object sculpture and installation draws the viewer into a place that teeters between past and present in the once colonized Caribbean islands commonly referred to as the West Indies. For this exhibition Smith uses actual historical events and traditions as points of departure to examine folklore, religion, economics and community among the African descendants living in the the New World and their relationship with their former colonial masters. Each work is an organization of fragmented information acquired by the artist from literary sources, film, visual and performing arts, and oral traditions. Together they converge and present the artist as cultural anthropologist tenaciously excavating his ancestral past.
Opening reception Thursday, February 7th 5-8pm
Performance and artist talk Thursday, February 21st 7pm