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September Artwalk

By Joe Starkey



The Grace Museum is having several interesting exhibits September thru the first week of January, 2009. {{more}} Starting back in September and continuing until 30 November is “Imaging Blackness, 1915-2002” which features film posters from the Indiana University Black Film Center/Archive. These posters show the development of Afro-American cinema as it forged a role for black entertainers. These both countered and reinforced prevailing black stereotypes. Richard Norman started these films in the early 1900’s. Many today only remember the “blaxplotation” films that started in the 70’s such as “Superfly” and the Shaft movies and those of the later 1900s that showed more of a universal theme such as “the Color Purple” and those that showed history that went against common knowledge by portraying themes such as “Buck and the Preacher”. Sandra Hu: Smoke and Ash was opened by a reception for the artist and featured a one day class attended by many local artists and art professors. The foundation for the work shown was created in Bratislava while teaching art there. She had little money and no supplies and began painting on discarded cigar boxes that she broke up and combined with pieces of scrap wood. The elegant wood frames of today’s pieces have come far from there but the framing still remains an integral part of her works. Starting Artwalk is the Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections continuing thru January 9th, 2009. This traveling exhibit is comprised of photographs, text in story form and 200 vintage aprons. The stories and photographs explore the people behind the aprons and give life to the fabrics and exhibit. The people are all races, ages and times.Cockerall Galleries was active as usual. Sidewalk chalk drawings and henna on feet and hands. Most of the artists were in their studios and visiting with old friends and new.The Contemporary Art Center featured the excellent photography of the West Texas Photographic Society. They meet there every third Thursday at 7 PM. Programs alternate with competition nights. Check their website for more information.

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