Opening Reception: Third Friday, February 15th, 2019 6pm-9pm
Closing Reception: First Friday, March 1st, 2019 6pm-10pm
Exhibition runs through: March 9th, 2019 12pm-4pm
February 15th, 2019, Americana was presented and curated by Merryn Alaka. Merryn Alaka, Mia Adams, Kareem Ferreira, Briana Noble, Kennady Schneider, Papay Solomon and Jonathan Wright openly came together to showcase a series of astonishing conceptual art pieces for others to view. The exhibition was put together to showcase the perspectives of each of the artists in the show, and how they feel they are represented in America as a person of color. “.. these artists find common ground by creating a narrative of the complex, fluid, and diverse encounters with a black identity in a highly political world.” While approaching the door to Modified Arts art gallery, I had felt a sense of excitement. I was ready to depict the artwork that was being presented in the exhibition.
When I had finally walked in and viewed the first art piece, I was impressed and couldn’t wait to explore the rest. The lighting in the gallery had bounced off of the honey brown wooden floor, that accentuated the white walls, which had made each art piece stand out even more. The crowds wondering eyes and upright body language had made it seem as if they were all enjoying the conversations about the work being presented. It was lovely to have seen a variety of different people from different backgrounds attend and become engaged in the theme of the show. I had felt inspired and moved by love by the end of the night.
I was able to walk around and view each art piece on my own. Which had led to me perceiving each art piece based off of my own experiences as a black woman in america and being a black woman while living in Arizona.
This exhibition was one to enjoy. Please check out the show and the artists.