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Apr
7
Fri
April First Friday: Alison Saar – Breach @ UT Downtown Gallery
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

saarApril 7, 2017
Reception 5-9PM
UT Downtown Gallery

Alison Saar weaves narratives relating to the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 into the mixed-media sculpture and paintings featured in “Breach.”
Saar explores issues of gender, race, racism, and the African diaspora. She mines mythology, ritual, history, music, and her biracial heritage as sources for her work.

During a 2013 residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, Saar was dismayed to see how little had been done to rebuild African American communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina eight years earlier. Upon her return to Los Angeles, she began researching the histories of American floods and the effect on African Americans. The Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927, described as one of the worst natural river disasters in U.S. history, piqued her interest. Heavy rains resulted in the river breaching levees, creating a historic catastrophe that had a profound impact on the life of African Americans living in the Mississippi Delta. The flood exposed the conditions of poor African American sharecroppers and tenant farmers and their relationship with cotton plantation owners. The flood also resulted in social, cultural, federal policy, and political changes.

With water imagery woven throughout, “Breach” is the culmination of Saar’s creative research on American rivers and their historical relationship to the lives of African Americans. Through mixed media sculpture, paintings, and works on paper, she explores floods not only as natural phenomena; but also the complex interaction of social, cultural, and political factors associated with flooding and its aftermath.

 

UT Downtown Gallery Hours:

M: CLOSED
Tu.: CLOSED
W: 12-5
Th.: 12-5
F: 12-5
Sat.: 10-3
Sun: CLOSED
Please Note: The UT Downtown Gallery closes in observance of national holidays and between exhibitions.
May
5
Fri
May First Friday: ARTSOURCE 2017 @ UT Downtown Gallery
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, May 5, 2017
Reception: 5-9PM UT Downtown Gallery

Every day, Knox County art teachers devote their time and energy to cultivating creativity and critical skills in their students. For more than a decade, Art Source, the exhibition dedicated solely to Knox County art educators, has given these same teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents.

 

UT Downtown Gallery Hours:

M: CLOSED
Tu.: CLOSED
W: 12-5
Th.: 12-5
F: 12-5
Sat.: 10-3
Sun: CLOSED
Please Note: The UT Downtown Gallery closes in observance of national holidays and between exhibitions.

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