Black Beyond Borders
On view August 25 through January 9, 2020
Black Beyond Borders connects artists whose families were part of the Second Great Migration of African descendants from the American South (1940-1970). This exhibit is inspired by an emotional, but strategic response to the disappearance of culturally rich, vibrant communities established as of result of that migration.
Marin-City was over 96% African-American throughout the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and mid-1990s, until development, gentrification, and other forces began to change the landscape. The population of African-Americans in Marin City today is under 35% and continues to decline. This same fate is being experienced across the nation; from Harlem, to Oakland.
In the Bay Area, many former Marin City residents now reside in Vallejo, Richmond, Antioch, or elsewhere. Some have moved back to the southern states but remain deeply connected to their hometown roots. Ironically, upon relocation they find that the nostalgia for their native-hood is shared by others, revealing a sentiment that they are bonded by deeper roots and shared history; ultimately reconnecting them to the African Continent. Many mourn the loss of previously predominate Black Communities in America.
Black Beyond Borders also mourns and then responds to the threat of invisibility by creating a new community—expressed through the arts—a community that in its unity creates another exodus. A Third Migration towards freedom, consisting of individuals with shared legacies and shared vision beyond the borders of city or neighborhood.
The exhibit includes paintings, photographs, and sculptures by some 20 artists from MC Arts and Culture, a multi-disciplinary artist group based in Marin City. Featured artists include Asya Abdrahman, Maalak Atkins, Tony Be Conscious, Orin Carpenter, Zwanda Cook, Lumumba Edwards, Mitchell Howard, Oran Hutson, David Johnson, Margot Jones, Godfrey Lee, Ricardo Moncrief, James Noel (RIP), Natalie Nong, Adrianne Pasley, Michael Tabb, The Arthur Wright, Jasmine Young, and students from Bayside/MLK Academy Artists Collective.
This exhibit is on display in the 1st and 3rd floor galleries of the Marin County Civic Center. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8am - 6pm.