CURATED BY MICHAEL S. WILLIAMS
JAN. 24, 2020 – MARCH 13, 2020
The Arts Council of Fayetteville – Cumberland County
301 Hay Street Fayetteville, NC 28301 (Map)
The Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County partners with the Black On Black Project to produce an art exhibition and community programming that respond to the challenges communities of color face locally and across the country. After spending time in conversation with local leaders and members of the community, we’ve created an exhibit that aims to reflect a diversity of experiences. This partnership desires to bring more perspectives to the table for an open, honest dialogue to create an equitable future.
Exhibition statement: In 1852, Abraham Lincoln stood in the Illinois Statehouse and gave the eulogy for Henry Clay, a former member of Congress and former president of the American Colonization Society. During the speech, the future president of the United States referred to “free negroes” as a “troublesome presence” for slave-holders in the United States.
The artwork in this exhibition underscores how African-Americans have been the antithesis of “troublesome,” rather a community that has supported the ideals that America claims to stand for.
Featured artwork includes paintings, sculptures, video, mixed media works, photography, Spoken Word, poetry and movement.