February 01, 2017

Catch Your Breath

Kerry James Marshall's Mastry exhibit at The Met Breuer in New York City interrogates as well as celebrates diasporic black life through history and culture his work extends a contemporary canvas for reimagining African Americans within an incomplete narrative of American History.  According to The Met Breuer:
"Encompassing nearly 80 works—including 72 paintings—that span the artist's remarkable 35-year career, it reveals Marshall's practice to be one that synthesizes a wide range of pictorial traditions to counter stereotypical representations of black people in society and reassert the place of the black figure within the canon of Western painting."
Marshall's work offers stunning narrative, artistic forms and layers of technique in creative expression where learning, healing, and understanding of the African American experience can be appreciated.

This clip is from Creating Mastry a full day program at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is available for online reviewing.  Rashida Bambray's ring shout dance with echos of her sister singing "Run, Mary, Run" left me catching my breath.

"I am reminded of the value of black spaces." — Rashida Bumbray

 Did you experience the Mastry exhibit?  Please share your comments.