The Shop: an exhibition based on the iconography and culture of the Black barbershop.
Saturday, July 1, 2017 / Opening Reception 7pm @ Public Functionary
Pop-up exhibition / Dates: July 1 – July 15
Open hours / July 5 – July 15 / Wed – Friday 2pm – 6pm
Artist Conversation: Thursday, July 13 / 7pm
The Shop is a multi-media art exhibition based on the iconography and culture of the Black barbershop. The exhibition recalls the Afro-centric rumination central to the barbershop experience. Black hair, historically an object of ridicule, has evolved into a symbol of pride and rebellion. The barbershop is a microcosm of the African American experience. It is a place where past, present and future combine and authenticity is valued most.
The works will showcase a wide array of artistic disciplines including paintings, photography, screen prints, drawings and digital art, sharing different perspectives in response to the importance of the barbershop experience to the Black community. The show will feature both emerging and established Black artists creating work around the theme, a rare cross-generational collective show highlighting African American artists collectively engaging with the broader MN arts scene.
The Shop is curated by CRICE Kahlil.
The Shop includes work by: Noah Lawrence-Holder, CRICE Khalil, Seitu Jones, Candice Davis,
Ta–coumba T. Aiken, Emma Eubanks, Bobby Rogers, Keith Williams, Malakai Davis-Greiner.
About the Artists
Noah Lawrence-Holder is an animator and illustrator from Madison, WI. His work explores black identity, beauty and the intersection of race and gender.
Seitu Jones has created over 30 large-scale public art works on his own or in collaboration. He’s been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, a McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Bush Leadership Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts/Theater Communication Group Designer Fellowship. In 2014, he integrated artwork into three stations for the new Greenline Light Rail Transit system in the Twin Cities. A 2013 Joyce Award, from Chicago’s Joyce Foundation allowed Seitu to develop CREATE: The Community Meal, a dinner for 2,000 people at a table a half a mile long.
Ta–coumba Aiken is a Twin Cities artist, arts administrator, educator and community activist who focuses on public art and collaborative projects. His “rhythm paintings” on paper and canvas are loose and lively. He has participated in the creation of over 300 murals and public art sculptures with themes ranging from local history to the artist’s own style of rhythmic pattern and spirit writing. He has been the recipient of awards including a Pollock–Krasner Foundation Fellowship and a Bush Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship. His works can be found in public and private collections including those of the Walker Art Center, General Mills, Herbie Hancock, Taj Mahal, and Maya Angelou.
Candice Davis is a multidisciplinary, conceptual artist from San Antonio, Texas currently residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through primarily digital media, installation, and performance, her work focuses on engaging audiences with social issues. Davis prioritizes accessible distribution of social and political messages in her practice. She has exhibited work at The Soap Factory and Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s Gallery 148 in Minneapolis and the Reynolds Gallery in College Station, Texas. She is currently working towards a BFA in Web + Multimedia Environments at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Davis is the President of MCAD’s Black Artist Student Union and co-established an annual Potluck for People of Color at the college.
Emma Eubanks is an illustrator from St. Paul. Her work is inspired by growing up in the Twin Cities, as well as the issues that black youth face. Through focusing on the ordinary, she depicts the beauty that can be found in the mundane realities of city life. An important aspect of her body of work is the exploration of the broad range of relationships between black youth, and they way interact with our city.
CRICE Kahlil is a Minneapolis College of Art and Design alumni living in Southside Minneapolis. He gains his inspiration from hip-hop and graffiti to document the issues and motifs of pan-Africanist realities through his art. He uses these themes as a lens to view and display his thoughts and experiences with race, class, and “the American dream.” Authenticity is the driving force in his art. He is always thinking about how art interacts in an urban environment, the temporality of art in the streets, and how the public views and interacts with a piece. Currently his focus is in painting and screen-printing, and the interplay between those mediums. He has also been experimenting with wheat paste-ups, mural painting, and other forms of public art.
Bobby Rogers is a visual artist whose work portrays both the vivid richness of communities of color and a personal fascination with futurism. His images are bold statements that capture the beauty and power of color that has often been overlooked & excluded. It’s provocative, emotional, and fairly cosmic all at once—with a vision that runs the gamut from the emotionally representative to the far-flung realm of dreams.
Malakai Davis-Greiner creates work regarding identity and how trauma lives on through personal, collective, and historical memory. Currently working toward their BFA in Web & Multimedia Environments at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, their work combines both performance and technology to explore the performative aspects of their queer, trans, black, and biracial identities. They are interested in examining the undetected ways in which societally inflicted trauma affects queer people of color living in the United States. They have shown work at the MCAD Black Artist Student Union’s group exhibition NAVIGATE, and co-created / co-directed the play, “______” through 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities 4th annual Q-STAGE: New Works Series.
Keith Williams (Bio coming soon)
CRICE Kahlil is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culture heritage fund.