Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00am
Beauty stops us in our tracks. It makes us pause, look, consider. Sometimes it overwhelms us. We are often told art should aspire to this standard and be proportionate, symmetrical, naturalistic, and orderly. But what of work that is designed to revolt and terrify? Across subSaharan Africa, artists working across a range of states, societies, and cultures deliberately created artwork that violated conceptions of beauty, symmetry, and grace—both ours and theirs. Subverting Beauty features approximately two dozen works from sub-Saharan African’s colonial period (c.1880-c. 1960) that are accumulative, composite, crude, counterintuitive, and disproportionate. More importantly still, it explores the reasons why artists working during this turbulent period in the continent’s history turned against beauty in order to express the meaning and vitality of their day-to-day existence.
The exhibition is curated by Associate Curator of African Art Kevin Tervala.
Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019 at 12:00pm
Millers Court AARP Foundation Experience Corps
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 10:30am
Savage Branch Library
Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 9:00am
Cockeysville Sr Ctr
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