Date(s) - 05/02/2015. 05/30/2015
12:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bath House Cultural Center Gallery
Origins and Destinations features an assorted and thought-provoking collection of artwork by four African American visual artists from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and three of their counterparts from the African countries of Nigeria, Uganda, and Ethiopia. An important objective of the exhibition is to draw attention to the richness and diversity of the perspectives of the participating artists and their approach to the arts. This mixed media exhibition encourages visitors to carefully reflect on the content and message of all the works of art as a unified body, but it also recognizes and supports the notion that, although possibly being influenced to a certain degree by a shared cultural heritage, the exhibiting artists are first and foremost responding to internal influences of personal narratives and experiences as they shape and define their creations.
Some of the recurring ideas and concepts that are explored by the artists with paintings, sculpture, woodcut prints and other mixed media are related to family, contemporary social and political issues in the U.S. and Africa, interpretation of history, self-image and identity, cultural connections, the link of humans and nature, and other topics that are of relevance to the artists and their communities.
The artists from the United States included in the show are Chandra T. Armstead, Curtis Fesser, Freddie McCoo, and VET. Joining these artists are Fred Mutebi from Uganda, Crosby Uwagbai from Nigeria, and Abebe Zelelew from Ethiopia.