Moving Earth: works in clay by Najee Dorsey at Black Art In America Gallery


In 2012, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit asked forty-four contemporary African American artists to give their unique aesthetic treatment to a single, life-sized bust of President Obama. The result was the hit exhibition, "Visions of Our 44th President."

Those busts are currently travelling and can only be seen in two places — Art Basel in Miami and the Black Art in America gallery in Columbus, Georgia. Two of the busts, by artists Faith Ringgold and Charly Palmer, will be on display during "Moving Earth: Works in Clay by Najee Dorsey," which opens at the BAIA gallery this Saturday, December 3, 2016.

Also on exhibit is a signature sculpture of Sojournor Truth by Harlem Renaissance Artists Ruth Inge Hardison. In 1990, New York’s Governor Mario Cuomo presented a similar work to Nelson Mandela on behalf of the people of New York state.

The Faith Ringgold bust of President Barack Obama previously exhibited at the National Museum for Women in the Arts ~ American People, Black Light.  


This bust is vastly different from the bust included in the recent exhibition, Visions of Our 44th President held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit currently traveling to Miami during Art Basel week.  In the American People, Black Light bust, Ringgold approaches the figure with the same interest in color and lines’ expressive qualities evident in her flag paintings of the late 1960s. The piece depicts Obama with terracotta skin contrasting with the intense chromatic placement of bright blue hair, complimented by a bright blue suit with red and white detail, reminiscent of The Flag is Bleeding and includes text expressing the artist’s pride in the historic election. (excerpt from IRAAA)

"2016 marks a pivotal point for me as I've spent this year creating more scupltures than collages. Who knows what the future brings but i'm enjoying the fruits of that labor and I hope to share it with you Dec 3rd for the opening of my show Moving Earth: works in clay at The Black Art In America Gallery at 1433 17th Street, Columbus, GA. from 2PM to 7 PM on December 3, 2016 the show runs through January 8, 2017." Najee Dorsey

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Spend the weekend in Columbus as the following day we welcome the reading of The Hampton Years: A Staged Reading Presented by In Other Words and Black Art in America. "The Hampton Years" is a play written by nationally recognized playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton. Set in the 1940's, this is the true story of two famous African-American visual artists, John Biggers and Samella Lewis (then Sanders), as they were developing their talents as college students at the Hampton Institute (now University).

Please join us December 4th at the outdoor theatre of Swift Mill Lofts (1506 6th ave, Columbus, Ga 31901) for an afternoon of a historical reading in which we explore their trials and triumphs.

You also don't want to miss Reflections : African American Life from the Myrna Colley – Lee Collection October 23, 2016 - January 15, 2017 at the The Columbus Museum featuring works by Romare Bearden, Betye Saar, Ernest Crichlow, Norman Lewis, Radcliffe Bailey and so many others...


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Then, of course, there’s the historic Liberty Theatre Cultural Center at 813 8th Ave. You can always count on the folks there to put on a show for the holidays. This year, the production is “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” which will be performed Dec. 3, 4, 10, and 11. Saturday shows are at 7:30 and Sunday shows at 4:30 p.m.

Director Ta’Varis Wilson, Musical Director Ish Harris and Choreographer Christopher De’Angelo are graduates of Albany State University’s speech and theater program, said Liberty Theatre Director Shae Anderson. They also performed in recent shows at the Springer Opera House, including Chorus Line and Sister Act.

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