Woskob Family Gallery and the HUB-Robeson Galleries will host opening receptions for Race and Revolution: Still Separate, Still Unequal on Tuesday, January 29 from 5:00–7:00 PM. This project marks the first collaboration between the two galleries. Co-curators Katie Fuller and Larry Ossei-Mensah will give a lecture about the project on Tuesday, January 29, from 4:00–5:00 PM, in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Flex Theatre. Both lecture and the receptions are free to open to the public.
Race and Revolution: Still Separate, Still Unequal is a traveling exhibition of contemporary artwork and historical documents exploring the ongoing issue of school segregation in the United States, even after the milestone court case in 1954 that ruled segregation unconstitutional. Having originated in 2017 at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York, and now traveling to universities and cultural institutions across the United States, Race and Revolution presents artistic responses to questions of segregation in a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, textiles, works on paper, and photography.
Several of the artists in the exhibition—some of whom are school teachers themselves—integrate artwork with historical documents, critically examining how local, state, and federal governments have maintained or worked to dissolve segregation. Many of the works on view explore how minoritized populations experience things such as standardized testing, resource scarcity, and over-policing. The artwork and historical documents act in a dialogue, exploring how issues of the past resonate in the present.
Co-curator Katie Fuller was an educator for eleven years. As a high school English teacher, she taught literature through the lens of historical events. While working in Museum Education at the New York Historical Society, she wrote curriculum and taught classes to empower young people on their civil liberties. Always passionate about social justice, she felt an urgency to examine historical memory around racism in the United States. Ultimately, Fuller left teaching to curate exhibitions examining the often unspoken histories of racism. Larry Ossei-Mensah is a Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic who uses contemporary art and culture as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. He has organized exhibitions and projects with artists at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe. In 2017, Ossei-Mensah was Critic-in Residence at ART OMI. Ossei-Mensah currently serves as the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at MOCAD in Detroit. He also is a co-founder of the 501(c)(3) ARTNOIR in addition to being a mentor in the New Museum’s incubator program, NEW INC. Woskob Family Gallery, located on Allen Street in downtown State College, is a space for contemporary arts and culture. Ann Tarantino, assistant professor in the Penn State School of Visual Arts, has been gallery curator and director since 2015. During that time, the gallery has transformed into a hub for community engagement through the visual arts.
IMAGE: Carina D. Maye, Teaching from Test, 2013. Wood, chalk, and latex paint, 18 x 16 x 3 in.