Sigal Museum presents In Conversation: Imo Nse Imeh (Virtual Studio Talk)
Date/Time: Thursday, April 7, 2022, 5:00 PM
Viewing Fee Waived for all Westfield Students, Faculty and Affiliates.
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From Dr. Imo Nse Imeh
My painting Feeding the Veins of the Earth is one of over 25 works on loan at the Sigal Museum for the exhibition titled Another American’s Autobiography: Selections from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art.
This exhibition of the PFF Collection surveys work by Black artists who have grappled with questions of American identity, allegiance, and belonging in their practice. The selected artworks aim to affirm the role of Black Americans in shaping our national identity and to elevate civic engagement and constructive patriotism as a valid and healthy expression of a love of country. Some notable artists being featured in this exhibition are Elizabeth Catlett, Faith Ringgold, Kehinde Wiley, and world-renowned photography artist Dawoud Bey.
The Sigal Museum is presenting In Conversation: Imo Nse Imeh, a virtual studio talk in which I will contextualize my painting Feeding the Veins of the Earth with my current studio projects. The talk, which will take place in my art studio, is for patrons of the Sigal Museum; but the institution is extending participation to our Westfield State Community by waiving the viewing fee. I hope that you will consider joining us on April 7, 5:00 PM. Please use the link posted at the start of this email to register for this talk.____
From the Museum's Website:
Join NCHGS in conversation with Imo Nse Imeh, Nigerian-American visual artist and scholar of African diaspora art.
Dr. Imeh utilizes his practice of visual art and research in art history to examine historical and philosophical issues around the black body and cultural identity. He has contributed to visual arts conversations with publications, lectures, and provoking studio art projects that interrogate the ways in which black bodies are imagined, installed, ritualized, and transformed. Recently, his art has been recognized by PBS News Hour, New England Public Media, Orion Magazine, and the contemporary art and culture magazine Art New England.
His current studio project, Benediction, tells the story of a group of angels that have been cast down to earth, and bound to the skins of black boys and men. Their task is to serve as witnesses to the traumas and triumphs that they experience while in this guise. Dr. Imeh considers this series as his personal response—as a black man—to the global pandemic, and the many horrific realities of black existence that the darkness of this plague has elucidated for the entire world to witness.
Dr. Imeh’s Feeding the Veins of the Earth, part of the Benediction series, is currently on display at NCHGS’s Sigal Museum, as part of the exhibit Another American’s Autobiography: Selections from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art.