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For Americans, “being seen” depends on one’s physical features, wealth, religion, and much more. For Black Americans, being seen often conjures feelings of vulnerability, of feeling unsafe. Being Seen explores issues of exposure, vulnerability, and beauty. 

 

Through these works, we see different levels of exposure. From small glimpses of skin, in Cara Marie Young’s paintings, to nationally recognized faces in April Anue Shipp’s quilts. Tia Nichols’ delicate drawings of Black historical figures distills magnanimous people to a place of humility and intimacy. America’s uncomfortable history is acknowledged in some of the work, alongside pieces that stand as beautiful homages to historical figures. Being Seen encompasses both discomfort and glory. 

Join us for a reception April 22nd, 5-7pm at the gallery.

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