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THE BLACK ABCs: Exhibiting Ephemera and Representation February 7, 2022 – April 1, 2022
Gallery for Contemporary Art, Savannah Center
Spring Gallery Hours:
M – TH | 12 – 5 PM
*Special viewing hours on Saturday, February 12 and 19 between 12-4 PM
Masks are required.
About the exhibit
The Gallery for Contemporary Art, located in the Savannah Center, will feature an original set of The Black ABCs on loan from a private collector. In 1970 the Society for Visual Education published The Black ABCs. These twenty-six alphabet flashcards presented an alternative classroom tool in response to the public school system’s lack of diverse teaching and learning materials. Developed by two Chicago teachers, The Black ABCs was “a byproduct of the civil rights movement, part of a need for classroom materials that moved beyond a white “Dick and Jane” and reflected the backgrounds of black students. Instead of letters paired with disassociated objects and illustrations, each image offered a handsome portrait of African-American children growing up in Chicago. Nationwide, urban schools bought them.”
In addition to the vintage flashcard collection, Sammy Jean Wilson, a contemporary multidisciplinary artist, will exhibit an alternative perspective of The Black ABCs, posing the question, “What would have happened if COVID-19 had taken place then?” Wilson’s artwork “The New Black ABCs” reinterprets the original flash card designs by exploring the pandemic, class, and identity.
This exhibit has been generously supported by The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs.
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Voyage LA: Meet Sammy Jean Wilson
An updated introduction to my practice and history.
2020 US Open “Black Lives to the Front”
Sammy Jean Wilson is one of 18 Black and BIPOC artists selected by the USTA to create an art installation transforming the front-row seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the 2020 US Open. The original art exhibit is part of the launch of the USTA's Be Open initiative and represents a bold commitment to advance inclusivity and diversity through tennis.
Crenshaw Dairy Mart “ CARE NOT CAGES” award announcement
“Black Lives to the Front” charity auction
This is an original art piece, handmade by the artist for the USTA’s Black Lives To The Front Original Art Exhibit at the 2020 US Open. This piece was displayed in the front row seats of Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2020 US Open.
“Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) are often underrepresented in education. Given little chance to excel. My series “The New Black ABC’s” addresses these issues boldly, by proposing an alternate history. What would have happened if COVID-19 would have taken place 50 years ago? Portraying measures that we would have hoped to have been taken to ensure their safety. "E is for everybody.” is a pivotal flash card in this series, reminding us all that we are in this struggle together. We have a responsibility to care for one another to ensure a brighter tomorrow. That “everybody” deserves a chance to achieve their dreams.”…Sammy Jean Wilson
The USTA Foundation Incorporated is donating 50% of the net proceeds from the auctioning of this item to the Pete Brown Junior Tennis Program, in honor of the artist.
Bid now on this original piece of artwork and own a piece of Black Lives to the Front history from the 2020 US Open!
“CARE NOT CAGES: Processing a Pandemic”: Virtual Exhibition Crenshaw Dairy Mart
For Freedoms “ CARE NOT CAGES” award announcement
Palomar Lecture Series “Representation Matters” & “The Art of Black Matriarchy”
Chat with us “extra-special” beings! @palomarcollege with educator Richard Carr. Free to the public. Click lick above for Zoom invite.
Representation Matters!: Inclusion in early education.
Thursday, February 11th, 2021, 5-6 pm
Educator Richard Carr and I will be having an open discussion and Q&A to follow about the historical context of the American educational system and how that has affected how BIPOC are represented in it’s curriculum. Part of the lecture will include a peek into the creation of “The New Black ABCs” and how the origin of the idea began from #StuartHall to #TommieShelby to #RubyBridges to #FrantzFanon to #thedolltest.
Proud to be a part of Palomar College’s Black History Month Lecture and Discussion Series.
We will also have a discussion on the the contributions of Black Female Artists next week:
The Art of Black Matriarchy
Thursday, February 25th, 2021, 5-6 pm
Special edition, hand retouched artist prints. As curated by Ginger Schulick-Porcella, Director of the Franconia Sculpture Park.
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