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BLACK MATTER Exhibit – Artist Talk – Panel Discussion

May 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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One event on May 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on May 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm



Featuring Oregon black artists

May 6 – June 19, 2021

The Arts Center

700 SW Madison Avenue, Corvallis, OR, 97333
[email protected] Artist Talk: Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 12:00pm


Panel Discussion: Saturday May 22, at 12:00pm

In conversation with artists MOsley WOtta, Jamila Clarke, and Jeremy Okai Davis; moderated by the curator Tammy Jo Wilson

The exhibition BLACK MATTER showcases contemporary Oregon artists in an effort to address an imbalance in representation.  Their voices should be heard, not because they are black, because they are human beings with unique life experiences.  It is essential to lift up the contributions of black artists above systematic oppression in life and in art.  Black artists should be recognized as individuals, without the filter of what the Western art canon tells us black art is or should be.  The artists in this exhibition are all important black and African artists living and working here in Oregon.  The artwork in this exhibition expresses more than their experience of living in a state and country rooted in systematic racism; their work speaks to the experience of being human.

It’s almost as if, in order to be a successful black artist, they must perpetually create art that speaks on black culture and racism. It’s not important for an artist’s race to be apparent just by looking at their work but, knowing that there are an increasing number of black artists being featured in museums and galleries is important. True progress will be achieved when work by black artists are collected based on the same criteria as their mainstream white counterparts instead of being judged as having an inherent racial bias. It is up to modern day art collectors, curators, and art historians to change the perspective.”  ~Tania Inniss


May 15
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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