inFORMATION: Black Culture in Contemporary Art

The SU Art Galleries have a new, temporary home in downtown Salisbury on the plaza level of the Gallery Building, just across the street from Roadie Joe’s and next to Maya Bella’s Pizza. We are celebrating our new location in this inaugural series of provocative and inquisitive artist projects, performances, screenings and talks that engage the Salisbury Community in activities that initiate dialogue about race. This series offers new perspectives to the ongoing conversation of identity in contemporary art and society.


inFORMATION: Black Culture in Contemporary Art
Exhibition and Live Events

Volume 1. Distant Presence | Imminent Future

Interactive Performance and Installation:
Ada Pinkston with Ancestral Duo and Amorous Ebony
Third Friday, September 16, 5 – 8pm

Distant Presence | Imminent Future will examine the public history of slavery and contemporary issues of race and class through an interactive performance, and mixed media production by Ada Pinkston featuring performances by Ancestral Duo and Amorous Ebony. From cement roads to contemporary architecture, the land that we live on is filled with hints of the past that have been covered up, and forgotten. How does the past inform the present? How does the present inform the future?

Volume 2. Navigating the Afrofuture

Space Is The Place, Music and Vision of Sun Ra
September 8 – November 4
Thursdays and Fridays, 2:30, 4 and 5:30pm

Experience the iconoclastic music, vision and influence of Sun Ra in this audiovisual installation.

Afrofuture Drawing Residency and Installation:
David Brame
September  26 – September 29
Artist Talk and Reception:
Thursday, September 29, 5-8pm


Volume 3. Beyond Boundaries: Shifting Identities in the Cinematic Realm

Screening and Talk
Black Radical Imagination
Thursday, October 13, 5:30pm

The notion of the Black Radical Imagination stemmed from a series of discussions around the boundaries and limitations that are historically given to people of color in the realm of the cinematic. Black Radical Imagination is a touring program of visual shorts that delve into the worlds of new media, video art, and experimental narrative. Focusing on new stories within the Diaspora, each artist contributes their own vision of postmodern society through the state of current black culture. An artistic movement and school of thought, Black Radical Imagination focuses on aesthetics of afrofuturism, afrosurrealism, and the magnificent through the context of cinema. Curated by Amir George and Erin Christovale.

Volume 4. The Ever-Expanding Reach of Hip Hop

Performance, Open Mic and Sound Installation
Baltimore Boom Bap Society
Third Friday, October 21
Performance: 5-7pm
Open mic: 7-8pm


Baltimore Boom Bap Society is conceived as a forum for experimentation
and collaboration between local Hip-Hop artists, while placing Hip-Hop
in dialogue with other forms of music. Host DJ/producers Wendel
Patrick & DJ Dubble8 (Erik Spangler) invite special guests to perform with them in
diverse combinations, to explore a hybrid of free improvisation and
beat-based composition.


Volume 5. Community Events

Empowerment through Legacy
Kim Star Designs Fashion Show
Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm


Salisbury-based Kim Star Designs, owned and founded by Salisbury-native, Cynthia Polk is a network of African American design elders and geniuses who work together to pass down their knowledge and expertise, creating amazing designs along the way.  Their concerns and goals are practical, creative, communal and commercial.  Their primary medium is sewing and fabric-working in various contexts such as fashion lines, draperies and custom creations.  Kim Star Designs provides services in the commercial market and teaches the skills to perform these tasks.  They employ and collaborate with seasoned artisans who are willing to share their experience and gifts and take on apprentices who are willing to master the techniques necessary to become skilled crafts people in the various fields of fabric-working. In addition to commercial work such as on-site drapery repairs, Kim Star Designs offers a sewing academy for young adults interested in learning the trade. This fashion show presents and celebrates the work of Kim Star’s designers and students.


Creativity for Social Change
Fenix Youth Project Talent Show and Closing Reception
Friday, November 4, 2016, 7:30pm


Generations of artists and creative thinkers have employed protests songs, paintings and other visual arts to stoke activism and raise awareness of oppression, inequalities and injustice. Fenix Youth Project’s year round creative arts program brings art to new audiences, supports emerging and local artists who are addressing social issues through their work, and creates dialogue around these issues in Salisbury, MD and surrounding areas. Our goal is to provoke community awareness and social change. Young artists and performers exemplify humanitarian efforts in a creative way, through drama, dance, art, photography, poetry, etc. The program is coordinated by a diverse committee made up of members of the community, some of whom are artists, activists, public servants, educators, cultural workers, parents and youth.




Regular Gallery Hours @ 212 West Main Street
Thursdays & Fridays: 2pm – 7pm

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.