By Christopher Arnott
1:21 PM EDT, March 25, 2013
Artspace has announced a provocative new exhibit, at the gallery from mid-May through late June, about “racial identity, blackness and otherness.” The show uses cartoon images from animation and graphic art to explore these themes. The seventeen artists in the show are all under 40 years old, and curator Kenya (Robinson)—an established artist and performance artist currently studying sculpture at the Yale School of Art—promises to explore “blackness” not just as it relates to cultural identity but “the physical nature of ‘black’ and blackness as a formal choice,” noting the predominance of black in printed comics and photocopied zines.
The exhibit, titled ‘Toonskin, will have an opening reception May 11 at Artspace from 5 to 8 p.m. It runs through June 30.
Artists contributing to Kenya Robinson’s ‘Toonskin include Dawolu Jabari Anderson (whose artwork graces this article, though that particular piece may not be in this exhibit), Michael Paul Britto, Colleen Coleman, Kara Crombie, Damien Davis, Jason Huff, Lauren Kelley, Nyeema Morgan, Jasmine Murrell, Jon Peck & Ben Niznik, Shani Peters, Robert Pruitt, Erika Ranee, Jacolby Satterwhite, Jeffery Scudder, Peter Sluszka and Katayoun Vaziri.
This will be an important exhibit with a universal theme, a perspective that's both historical and contemporary, with strong local content to boot.
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