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Black Joy And More In An Innovative Show

"I, Too, Am America: A Song of Race and Language" 's opening reception.

"I, Too, Am America: A Song of Race and Language" 's opening reception.

February 15, 2017

The new exhibit at the Community Folk Art Center I, Too, Am America: A Song of Race and Language, focuses on issues relevant today and in the past. The show features diverse media, including screenprints, mixed-media pieces, photos and personal statements.

In one of his screenprints, for example, Jamaal Barber combines an image of a brick building with signage associated with products and services all too common in inner-city America. That includes check cashing, liquor and Newport cigarettes. The piece’s title, “What You Need,” has a sardonic ring, as it suggests a gap between what’s available and what’s truly needed.

Similarly, “Damn Near Free II” has glimpses of African Americans being confined, as seen in images of hands bound, a teenager being arrested, and members of a crowd being arrested. Viewers are challenged to consider visual and thematic implications, including their own perception of such images.

See the full article on Syracuse Newstimes.