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"TROUBLESOME PRESENCE"

CURATED BY MICHAEL S. WILLIAMS

JAN. 24, 2020 - MARCH 13, 2020

The Arts Council of Fayetteville - Cumberland County
301 Hay Street Fayetteville, NC 28301 (Map)

The Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County partners with the Black On Black Project to produce an art exhibition and community programming that respond to the challenges communities of color face locally and across the country. After spending time in conversation with local leaders and members of the community, we've created an exhibit that aims to reflect a diversity of experiences. This partnership desires to bring more perspectives to the table for an open, honest dialogue to create an equitable future.

BOB-TPad.jpgExhibition statement: In 1852, Abraham Lincoln stood in the Illinois Statehouse and gave the eulogy for Henry Clay, a former member of Congress and former president of the American Colonization Society. During the speech, the future president of the United States referred to "free negroes" as a "troublesome presence" for slave-holders in the United States.

The artwork in this exhibition underscores how African-Americans have been the antithesis of “troublesome,” rather a community that has supported the ideals that America claims to stand for.

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Featured artwork includes paintings, sculptures, video, mixed media works, photography, Spoken Word, poetry and movement.

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OPENING: JAN. 24
7 P.M.

 

COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING EVENTS

(All events take place at the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County)

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. | "Wilmington on Fire" Film Screening + Panel discussion

The Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County and the Black on Black Project will host a film screening of "Wilmington on Fire," a documentary about the only successful coup in United States history. It happened in Wilmington, N.C. in 1898, and the film documents an investigation into the massacre and undoing of Wilmington’s multiracial government. A panel discussion and conversation will follow the film screening with director Christopher Everett and team members from the film. The discussion will be facilitated by "Troublesome Presence" curator and Black On Black Project founder Michael S. Williams.  

Limited seating available. Please RSVP by emailing admin@theartscouncil.com or call 910-323-1776

Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m. | Panel discussion: "How artists can affect change in the community."

Join the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County and the Black On Black Project for a panel discussion and community conversation that will explore the different ways artists use their artistry to help their respective communities. Panelists include Derrick Beasley, artist; Dare Coulter, artist; Sherris Johnson, founding director of OUR Place; Sonny Kelly, writer, and performer of "The Talk." The conversation and panel will be facilitated by "Troublesome Presence" curator and Black On Black Project founder Michael S. Williams. 

Limited seating available. Please RSVP by emailing admin@theartscouncil.com or call 910-323-1776

Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. | Panel discussion: "The importance of understanding and documenting history."

Who gets to write history and how does that affect our lives? Join the Black On Black Project at the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County for a panel discussion and community conversation that will look at the importance of understanding how writers of today dictate how people will remember history and why more voices are needed. Panelists will include community members and artists in the Arts Council’s current exhibition, “Troublesome Presence.” The panel will be facilitated by Black On Black Project founder Michael S. Williams.

 Please RSVP by emailing admin@theartscouncil.com or call 910-323-1776

Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. | An evening of Spoken Word

Curated by OUR Place; this Spoken Word event will feature poets who have written responses to the artwork in the “Troublesome Presence” exhibition.  Featured poets include Ayanna Albertson, Ashlee Connors, Ashley Lumpkins and Sherris Johnson.

 Please RSVP by emailing admin@theartscouncil.com or call 910-323-1776

 


THE ARTISTS

 

Derrick Beasley

Derrick Beasley

Johnny Lee Chapman, III

Johnny Lee Chapman, III

Dare Coulter

Dare Coulter

André Leon Gray

André Leon Gray

Jaki Shelton Green

Jaki Shelton Green

Carly P. Jones

Carly P. Jones

Stephen Hayes

Stephen Hayes

Anthony Otto Nelson, Jr.

Anthony Otto Nelson, Jr.

Nicole Oxendine

Nicole Oxendine

Telvin Wallace

Telvin Wallace

Lamar Whidbee

Lamar Whidbee

Antoine Williams

Antoine Williams

Stephanie J. Woods

Stephanie J. Woods

   

 

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