Traveling African Art Exhibit Visits Gateway

An exhibit showcasing the art of 20th century African American artists is currently on display at the Covington Campus of Gateway Community and Technical College. Gateway arranged for the exhibit as part of its observance of Black History Month.

Black ArtAncestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art is a traveling display based on a major exhibition organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The photographic exhibition addresses the question posed by African American poet Countee Cullen in 1926: What is Africa to me? These works draw heavily on African influence, while simultaneously reinterpreting it for a different time and place. The exhibition surveys the work of 45 artists, some trained and some untrained, including unknown Africans and Haitians, through photographs, posters, and concise texts. The result is a lively and vibrant mix of artworks.

The exhibition will be on display for the public until March 7. Currently located at the Covington Campus at 1025 Amsterdam Road, it will move Feb. 24 to the colleges Edgewood Campus at 790 Thomas More Parkway. The show was displayed at the Boone Campus and Urban Center earlier this month.

For more information contact Kathy Driggers at 859-442-1628 or kathleen.driggers@kctcs.edu.