Art Exhibition - "Re-Enslavement Revisited" Artists Terry Dixon & Robert Morris express their artistic vision on the topic of re-enslavement. Each art piece explores various styles and mediums across the surface of each canvas, giving a rich visual stimulation to the viewers eye.
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Artist Terry Dixon will be exhibiting two pieces of art work in a group art exhibition in Seoul South Korea on July 16th 2010 & Artist Robert Morris has a solo art exhibition at the Westin Hotel Sun Dial in Atlanta Georgia on August 18th 2010
The Feb 1st 2010, Re-Enslavement Revisited Art Exhibition at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library was a great success. Many people in the art community came out to support the artist and the topic.
01.11.2010 – (Washington, DC) – An art exhibition opening at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library February 1st promises to also open the eyes of the nation to the tragic fact that slavery in the South continued for decades after the end of the Civil War.
“Most Americans believe and were taught throughout school that slavery ended with the Civil War,” said Terry Dixon, a Chicago-based artist who, along with Georgia artist Robert Morris will open an exhibition at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library February 1st from 6:30-8:30. “But that is not what happened.”
Inspired by Douglas Blackmon’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, exhibit activities will include lectures by Dixon, Morris and Blackmon.
“What happened,” says Morris, “is that freed African Americans were re-enslaved through a systematic, corrupt and venal system that bought and sold men to corporate interests throughout the South. This exhibition seeks to reawaken the souls of those who were never given proper burial, voice or acknowledgement of their unbridled suffering so clearly documented by Doug Blackmon.”
“Eluding Jim” by Terry Dixon is influenced by African art and culture. “Middle Passage” by Robert Morris employs acrylic on gesso board and actual news articles from the era announcing the arrival of slave ships sailing into Savannah, Ga. The joint exhibition also depicts African-Americans being forced to work for free from 1865 to 1945 through abstract digital images with acrylics, oil pastels and inks. In addition, the exhibit features video interviews of Blackmon discussing how state government and judicial systems worked with major industrial corporations to continue what amounted to slavery.
The exhibit, which runs through February 28, is part of the DC Public Library’s Black History Month celebration. The library’s Black History event schedule is available at dclibrary.org.
Opening Reception with Terry Dixon and Robert Morris
Mon, February 1st at 6:30 p.m.
Terry Dixon and Robert Morris will talk about their work.
Slide Presentation by Terry Dixon and Robert Morris
Tues, February 23rd at 5:30 p.m.
Douglas Blackmon Author Talk, Book Sale and Book Signing
Tues, February 23rd at 6:30 p.m.
Books will be available for purchase.