“sometimes i feel like im not really here.” solo exhibit of Claude Desir Jr.

“sometimes i feel like im not really here.” solo exhibit of Claude Desir Jr.

From Feb 09 to Mar 14, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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View and learn about Claude Desir Jr's art both onsite at City Lights Gallery and online, through an online exhibit, videos, essays and a looking guide. The show has been extended to 3/31/21.

Requests for reservations to visit the gallery are required by emailing clgallerybpt@gmail.com. Face masks and physical distancing required.

In paintings, drawing and clothing designs for his brand vii, Claude Desir Jr. reappropriates derogatory stereotypes that for centuries have characterized Black people in the Americas and Europe. His form is a precise articulation of composition, symbolism, shape, color, line, and content, inspired by black artists of the 70s and 80s, Kerry James Marshall and Michael Ray Charles, who reclaim the black face caricature found in popular culture and Antebellum Black Americana. Coming from a commercial clothing design background, Claude refers to it as “rebranding”.

The mission of this exhibit is to present the art of Claude Desir Jr and offer a platform for a young Black man’s perspective, who reclaims derogatory Jim Crow imagery and stereotypes. His is a mixture of kindness and strength, wisdom and resilience, youthful creativity and playfulness, frustration and rage.

Provocative art can be the sword and salve, to help purge and heal the festering wound of racial polarization and inequity. City Lights worked with Claude and two other artists of color, including Iyaba Ibo Mandingo and Gerald Moore, to produce a secondary exhibit designed to contextualize Claude’s art. This second exhibit includes their art and samples of Black Americana. Much of the curatorial decision making was delegated to the featured artist Claude Desir Jr.

Contact Name: City Lights

Contact Email: clgallerybpt@gmail.com

Contact Phone: 12039848613

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Additional Dates

Tue, 03/09/20211:00 pm4:00 pm
Wed, 03/10/20211:00 pm4:00 pm
Thu, 03/11/20211:00 pm4:00 pm
Fri, 03/12/20211:00 pm4:00 pm
Sat, 03/13/20211:00 pm4:00 pm
Sun, 03/14/20211:00 pm4:00 pm

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