An Art Exhibit Exploring Black Culture in America --- "Noir" --- Opens at Living Arts of Tulsa
On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with the Oklahoma City-based artist and curator, Nathan Lee. Lee is the curator of "Noir," a newly opened group show at the Living Arts space in downtown Tulsa which includes work from a number of different African-American artists from throughout Oklahoma --- and which will be on exhibit through July 11th. As is noted of this show at the Living Arts of Tulsa website: "'Noir' is an examination of the shifting definition of Black culture. The history of the African American in the United States is unique because it resulted from generations of Blacks having to reinvent themselves due to slavery, loss of identity, and loss of culture. Through generations of recreation, the idea of 'Black' has become even more complex.... 'Noir' takes a group of artists and challenges them to create work that addresses [such complexity]. It is meant to induce introspective thought and emotion. It is not meant to be a force of division.... The exhibition will feature video installations, mixed-media works, photography, and much more." There will be a special opening gala for "Noir" this evening (Friday the 6th) at the Living Arts space as a part of the Brady District's First Friday Art Crawl; there's an Artist Talk (to be given by Lee) at 5:45pm before the gala itself begins at 6pm.