February 2, 2022 - April 8, 2022
The Black Hand Side
February 2 – April 8, 2022
The Black Hand Side is an interactive art installation that peeks through the prism of race to explore American history and experiences from American descendants of slavery. The reclaimed treasures acquired from antique shops range from the most celebratory dedications of Black people to the most vile and grotesque. To simply observe these historic testaments as whimsical or intriguing art, the viewer turns a blindeye to real and enduring atrocities. Yet, in choosing to look at its Black hand side, lessons of resiliency, triumph, joy, and determination–in spite of challenges and injustices–become clear. It’s why poet Maya Angelou wrote, And Still I Rise (1978).
The Black Hand Side is an ode to Malik el-Shabazz’s pilgrimage to Mecca, as depicted in Spike Lee’s 1992 film Malcolm X. It’s centered around a Kaaba-inspired, cubed-shaped structure that pays homage to Big Momma’s House, a space where tired souls return for healing, community, remembrance, and reverence. The black-magic colored walls adorn imagery that depicts experiences with racism, but also Black tenacity and endurance. The inside is curated with an Afro-futuristic flair showcasing Black culture, as imagined at Big Momma’s house.
The Black Hand Side features items from the Blactiquing® collection and art installations from Nyesha Clark-Young, DeVaughn Collins, Trel Frazier, Corrin Grooms, Kevin Jones, and other Michigan-based artists, creators, and collectors.
Join us for an Exhibition Open House February 1, 2022 5:30pm-7:30pm to see this and other exhibitions at the museum. Registration is requested but not required. Register HERE
Learn more about this exhibition from collector Kevin Jones on February 12, 2022 1pm. There is no cost to attend. Registration is requested but not required through the following link: http://bit.ly/secondsaturdays2022