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THe SHOP

Curated by CRICE Khalil | July 2017


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 work 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 includes work by: Noah Lawrence-Holder, CRICE Khalil, Seitu Jones, Candice Davis, Ta–coumba T. Aiken, Emma Eubanks, Bobby Rogers, Keith Williams.

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR

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.

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.

 

It’s really important to talk about these places that black people have in a white society, the spaces we’ve carved out for ourselves.
— CRICE Khalil via Star Tribune



 

Preformers Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Darwin Black and Taylor Collier & CRICE Khalil (Above) - Photos via MN Daily by Easton Green

All other images by Jared Tuttle