Current Exhibitions

Stigmas and Stories: Changing the Narrative

Kennedy Sobon workNhi Lam workAna Sheehy work

 

 

 

May 5 - May 18, 2022

MCLA Gallery 51 will host Stigmas and Stories featuring artwork from students in the classes of 2020, 2021, 2022 . Join us in-person on Friday, May 6th, 2022, for an opening reception from 5 p.m.- 6: 30 p.m. Refeshments will be served.

This exhibition will feature three graduating senior artists: Kennedy Sobon, Nhi Lam, and Ana Sheehy, as well as the work from now alums from the 2020 and 2021 classes.

Spanning across mediums, the artists explore how art can re-tell and re-shape common narratives. From mental illness, to fairytales and culture, this exhibition shows how artists use their mediums to explore the different facets of storytelling- by telling our own personal stories or the stories from our cultures.

Kennedy Sobon ’22 is an artist who uses fashion as a vehicle to explore her relationship with mental illness and self-love. She states that “my artwork is an extension of myself. It gives meaning to what my words cannot.”

Nhi Lam ’22 works primarily in digital art, and through her large poster illustrations she explores her Vietnamese culture, and the experiences that come from growing up with both American and Vietnamese influences.

Ana Sheehy ’22 uses an array of traditional mediums. Through the image of the unicorn, they explore how different mediums affect the ways that we experience art, stating that “every medium has its own baggage comes from the social biases we impose on it, and we cannot look at a piece of art without acknowledging that social baggage.”

This exhibition will also serve as a celebration of returning to in-person exhibitions. “The past two years have really taken a toll on our art students. It’s hard to make art in a remote situation! As a result, the class of ’22 will be inviting alumni from the past two years to join the show to re-exhibit their student artwork, or some of their most recent endeavors,” said Professor Melanie Mowinski, advisor to art students, along with Professor Greg Scheckler.

See more at www.mclaseniorartmajors.com.

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Virtual: February: An Exploration Into Black History

Pink banner with "February" on it in gold

Daily throughout 2022

What happens if February never ends?

february is a digital collage series by Lorenzo Baker that expands and explores the definitions of Black History. Looking at history from a unique vantage point, the daily project offers viewers insight into what is commonly known as Black History Month.

The push for celebrating Black History Month began in the 1920s, with the work of Historian Carter G. Woodson, who proposed in 1926 that, "It is not so much a Negro History Week as it is a History Week. We should emphasise not Negro History, but the Negro in History. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hatred and religious prejudice". Motivated by the achievements Carter. G Woodson, february extends the argument that the achievements, moments, and record of Black people should be commemorated well beyond the standardized 28/29-day long window. 

Sourcing from the principles of Afrofuturism, which override western approaches to time, space, and meaning, february began by addressing the question “what happens if February never ends?” Utilizing historical photographs, documents, illustrations, and images sourced from the internet, the artworks bend the viewers understanding of what is worth historizing. As a daily meditation on Black History, each artwork blends and incorporates new or obscure information and data into depictions of well-known and unfamiliar icons within the black historical cosmos.

See the project HERE.

 

 

 


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