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Black on Black on Black on Black
Krannert Art Museum
500 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Black on Black on Black on Black is more than an exhibition. To quote the phrase, it's not a moment, it's a movement. According to the commentary on its Krannert Art Museum website page, this significant initiative marks a "re-visioning of the Faculty Exhibition recognizes the legacy of Black knowledge and production in ways that supports the ongoing efforts by the School of Art & Design, Krannert Art Museum, College of Fine and Applied Arts, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign towards addressing and celebrating our unique diversity, equity, and inclusion."
Informed by the work of Philadelphia-based activists and theorists Rasheeda Phillips and Camae Ayewa, Black on Black on Black on Black features Black faculty the School of Art & Design, through the lens of the Black Quantum Future, and will explore "Black identity, collectivity, positionality, healing, innovation, and education as explored via a multi-leveled/multi-dimensional immersive, critical, and openly reflective space."
The art will sit at the center of a constellation of public engagement and collaborative opportunities include a lecture series, community conversations, a sound installation, and print catalog. If you're familiar with my strong opinions about bridging the town-gown arts divide, you'll know how excited I am too see Black on Black on Black on Black bringing Black art and artists to both the academy and the neighborhood. This dual path is the only way forward.
Black on Black on Black on Black has been co-curated by Patrick Earl Hammie, Stacey Robinson, Blair Ebony Smith, and Nekita Thomas.