black is a color

Antenna Gallery March 2018
On view: March 10-April 8, 2018
Second Saturday Reception: March 10, 6-10 pm
Closing Receptions: April 7, 2018, 7-9pm
Daily hours: Tuesday through Sunday 12-5

black is a color is a group exhibition curated by Essence Harden, with works by Sadie Barnette, Lauren Halsey, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Texas Isaiah, Patrick Martinez, Azikiwe Mohammed, Devin Morris, Nikki Pressley, Adee Roberson
Polo Silk, and Ashely Teamer

“black is a color” asks how color has been employed as a central musing on black subjectivity. The exhibition considers how color—as spectra, chroma, saturation, and vessel—is a utility of/on blackness. In thinking through the process of hyperpigments, in particular, the show centers luster and vibrancy as speculative sites on kin, cosmology, resistance, and place. Here, black optics and corporeality are equally entangled with pleasure and play as with the durability and gravity implied by black. Through each artist’s lens, color comes to (en)compass visions of black life, futures, and presence. In a gesture towards abstraction in which blackness is and is not locatable, then, “black is a color” is an epistemological exploration of black diasporic wonderings.