CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin Street, is a non-collecting contemporary art museum in downtown Raleigh. It offers bold, non-traditional exhibitions by living artists.
Admission to CAM Raleigh is now FREE thanks to the generous support of members and partners.
Visit Saturday or Sunday, from 12 to 5 p.m.
Panel Discussion — Black Representation in the Arts: Building Momentum for Lasting Change
Sunday, August 7th, 2022
Free (registration is required — follow above link)
To say that 2020 was a pivotal year is an understatement. It shattered the status quo, confronted outdated modes of thinking, and held accountable those who gripped power. Never before was a revolution so truly televised…and Instagrammed, Tweeted, Facebooked, Zoomed, etc.
The entire world shifted, as did our ways of seeing, and this didn’t go unnoticed by those who digest and reflect on our culture: artists.
As visual translators, artists have always made the intangible, tangible; the dense, permeable. Their work generated change. Those changes were and are being made by artists whose voices have long been underrepresented: Black Americans.
The current exhibitions on view at CAM Raleigh, as well as many throughout the Triangle, are a microcosm of the greater cultural shift in the arts nationwide. This “cultural shift” being an honest portrayal of the Black American experience.
These artists and tastemakers are not shying away from addressing misrepresentation, commodification, and erasure imposed on Blackness; instead, they are using the power of image-making and creativity to take control of their own narrative.
By subverting and reinterpreting the media’s narrow lens, they are the ones writing their own stories and leaving their own legacies.
Black Americans, from artists and creatives, to tastemakers and business owners, will come together in discussion around how the arts at large have shifted towards a richer diversity in both content, and by whom that content is created.
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