Jan 21, 2014 -
Apr 02, 2014
Opening Reception Jan 30, 2014, 5-7pm
The need to convey data, statistics, and territory in a creative manner is a challenge embraced by artists who have used data abstractions—including maps, charts, and diagrams—as the basis for their work. Artists explore how visual representation of information can manifest not only the literal and calculable, but also the intangible, inestimable, and subjective.
Artists in this exhibition: Manuel Acevedo, Alice Attie, Rob Carter, Dahlia Elsayed, Nick Lamia, Mark Lombardi, Loren Munk, John Jerome O’Connor, Nell Painter, Joseph Gerard Sabatino, Fred Wilson
This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with contributions by Anonda Bell, Caren King Choi, Darin Jensen, Stephen S. Hall, Hand Drawn Map Association & Kris Harzinski, and Peter Turchi.
Nelson Mandela Tribute Mural by Warcheerah Kilima
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist and the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. This tribute mural by Warcheerah Kilima celebrates Mandela’s achievements on the world stage, and his lifelong commitment to equality for all.
About his use of a tree to symbolize Mandela’s life and work, Kilima writes: “Trees represent the movement from what something (or someone) has been into what it has become over time… Tree roots can run deep, travel far, and fit and attach themselves to places, around things, and survive in inhospitable locations.” Kilima draws upon diverse African and global arts traditions, incorporating symbols, significant historical events, and lyrics from popular songs.
Warcheerah H. S. Kilima was born in Tanzania and raised near Dar es Salaam. He studied at the Bagamoyo College of Art (TASUBA) and helped develop opportunities for local artists, including co-founding an artists’ market in an old slave market. Kilima’s work has exhibited in Africa, Europe, and the United States. He is also an educator, leading programs and workshops that teach many aspects of art making, including puppetry, murals, recycled art, and spoken word poetry.
This mural will be on display on the ground floor of the Robeson Campus Center (outside the Main Gallery) until July 31, 2015. Brought to you by the Robeson Campus Center and the Paul Robeson Galleries.