Goldmark Cultural Center is pleased to present a group exhibition of new works featuring 11 African American artists from the Dallas area.
“The Flagrant Rules of Ensued Emancipation” (F.R.E.E.)
Showing, Friday, June 14th to Friday, July 12th, 2019 in the John H. Milde Gallery at 13999 Goldmark Drive, Dallas, Texas, 75240.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon-Fri. Saturday showings are by appointment only.
Artist Reception - Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 3-6 pm.
The exhibit is curated by Missy Burton and Evita Tezeno.
The flagrant rules of ensued emancipation are an enigma. This body of work will attempt to explore the concept of relative freedom in all of its actuality.
Featuring works by Missy Burton, Aileen Collins, Jennifer Cowley, Valerie Gillespie, Tyra Goodley, J. LeShae, Kanyi Muraguri, Tschaner Sefas, Evita Tezano, Terrell Weathersby and The Unknown.
The works will feature photography, charcoals, mixed media, metals, paintings & multi-media.
The inspiration for this exhibit came when Evita and I were approached by the Goldmark to do a show commemorating “Juneteenth”, an American holiday that celebrates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. Personally, I’ve always wondered how it got to be a celebration considering Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation 2.5 years prior on January 1, 1863.
Then, Evita and I started talking about how the news would have been received by slaves. How would you feel if you found out you were free 2.5 years after everyone else had been notified? How would you even know what it means to be free if you had never been free before? What is our perception of freedom today? We knew just by our conversation alone, that we had a lot to explore here and that the possibilities were endless. Evita and I are very excited about this exhibit!
– Missy Burton, Artist