Join Tylonn J. Sawyer for the exhibition of Year of the Flood
A new exhibition by artist and Detroit native Tylonn J. Sawyer opens at the N’Namdi Gallery on February 26, 2021. The Year of the Flood: White History Month Volume I and II Exhibit “takes on the visual language often associated with power and oppression in Western art. The larger-than-life statuary figures in (Strata Drawings I and II, 2019) accentuate the puffed-up Euro-centric masculinity pervasive in classical sculpture and later post-Civil War Confederate monuments, bringing both into question, said, Sawyer.”
Culling from Western history and cultural tropes, the work in this exhibition centers on distortions in America’s social fabric. Over the last several years, the traditional American image of righteous patriotism, main street, white picket fences, apple pie, and Fourth of July fireworks have been replaced by overt xenophobia heralded by those highest in office. Televised lynchings of black men at the hands (or knee) of police officers and social unrest in the midst of the increasing wealth gap are just a couple of the issues that have underpinned America’s crumbling reputation as the land of milk and honey. Like other prominent artists of this generation, rather than waiting for racist-inspired monuments to come down, I create my own memorials with new narratives, upending racist ideology in the process,” said Sawyer.
The Year of the Flood: White History Month Volume I and II Exhibit will run until June 19, 2021, Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and accepted online and via mail. For more information, to make a donation or to register, visit www.nnamdicenter.org
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