Clifford Gallery Exhibition: Wednesday, September 6 at 10:30am to 4:30pm
Scherezade Garcia’s work embraces the themes of displacement and adaptation, proposing a different story of what it means to integrate. By fusing an afro-Caribbean visual vocabulary with American symbols, she creates what she calls “contemporary allegories of history,” to expose the unbalance and cultural hegemony of the region. But she also gives new meaning to the word ‘American,’ offering the image of the Statue of Liberty as a black (or mixed-race?) woman. What color is freedom? What does it mean to integrate? Garcia’s work invites us to reflect our traditions and the ways we represent ourselves.
Opening Reception 9/6 following the artist’s 4:30 lecture.
Artist’s Lecture – Wednesday, September 6 at 4:30pm
Born in the Dominican Republic, Scherezade Garcia works from her chosen home of New York City. Her work embraces the themes of displacement and adaptation, proposing a different story of what it means to integrate. In her new series of paintings, Garcia deconstructs motifs drawn from the American ‘stars and stripes.’ These national icons, together with fireworks and Mickey Mouse shaped ears, are mixed with elements drawn from her native Caribbean—golden baroque ornamentation, an almost transparent aquamarine, and the mixed-racial heritage of Dominicans.
*Exhibition reception following the lecture
Art & Art History Reception
Wednesday, September 6 at 5:30pm
Opening reception for Scherezade Garcia exhibition titled, It is so sunny that it is dark