“When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South” considers the category of “outsider” art in relation to contemporary art and black life. Situating itself within current art historical and political debates, the exhibition features work by self-taught, spiritually inspired and incarcerated artists, alongside other projects based in performance and social-engagement, as well as painting, drawing, sculpture and assemblage that make insistent reference to place. With the majority of work created between 1964 and 2014, the exhibition brings together a group of 35 intergenerational American artists who share an interest in the American South as a location both real and imagined. Moving between a graphic sensibility, an interest in creation myths and the use of found materials and detritus, the artists reference various classical tropes of blackness as sites of origin – fantastical and performed, important yet perhaps illusory.
Opening Sunday, August 3 from Noon to 5:00 PM.