bill berry's talk at an art gallery in Syracuse, NY.
On Thursday, March 10th, I had the opportunity to deliver a gallery talk. Focused to be somewhat of a non-traditional discussion, the evening opened with a video by Ellen Ballock, an artist and videographer with Syracuse.com. Blalock’s March 2015 visual piece primarily documented my diverse collection of Black dolls, as well as some of the objects that stimulated ArtRage’s interest to mounting an exhibition of racist objects that were ordinary household objects in American homes and part of the dominant culture especially in the 20th century.
I also shared with the audience other objects and artwork that were not part of the exhibition, a few items which had been donated to my care after media announcement of the exhibition or after an individual viewed firsthand the exhibition’s racial complexities and disturbing images. More importantly, there was a free exchange of thoughts and ideas from all participants that stimulated analyses of personal backgrounds and the intricacies of modern day racism and its earlier societal manifestations.
|Rose Viviano, director (right) and Kimberley McCoy|
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