April 21 - June 9, 2006

Afrofuturism

Robert Banks (Cleveland, OH), April Banks, Ogechi Chieke (New York, NY), Ghamsa Jenny Coker, Dad 759, MR Daniel, Colette Gaiter (Newark, DE), Jabari Hall-Smith (Los Angeles, CA), Olalekan Jeyifous (Brooklyn, NY), Seitu Jones (St. Paul, MN), Charles Nelson Jr., Carl Pope Jr. , Damon Reaves (Philadelphia, PA), Kevin Sipp, Charmaine Spencer, RA Washington (Cleveland, OH), Amanda Williams (Oakland, CA)

Afrofuturism Carl Pope Jr. (2005)  

The exhibition explores the idea of Afrofuturism, the subculture that deals with the interplay between time, technology, race, and culture in the US. Seventeen artists look to historical and futuristic viewpoints to explore the impact of technology on the spiritual, physical, and social lives of black people.


In collaboration with the Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN,

Curated by Ernest Arthur Byrant III and Suzanne Roberts.

About the Artists

Robert Banks

Robert C. Banks, Jr. is an American cinematographer and film artist. Banks attended the Cleveland School of the Arts, and has taught film at Cuyahoga Community College, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland State University. His best known work is the 1992 film, "X: The Baby Cinema", a 16mm... go to artist page

April Banks

April Banks has exhibited at Guerilla Gallery, Berkeley, CA and Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA. She received her MS in Environmental Science from Art Center College of Design in 1999 and her BA from Hampton University in 1996. Banks is a conceptual artist. Her image-based and performance installations explore... go to artist page

Ogechi Chieke

Ogechi was awarded the Best Experimental Film at Through Her Eyes Film Festival, New York in 2006. She received her MFA in Computer Art from The School of Visual Arts in 2006 and her BA in Electronic Studio Art from Howard University in 2003. She was awarded the... go to artist page

Ghamsa Jenny Coker

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MR Daniel

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Colette Gaiter

Colette Gaiter works with computers and interactive multi-media to create photographs that capture societal and cultural events paired with personal imagery. The artists bold and expressive imagery evokes a sense of nostalgia and emotion. Gaiter has a BFA in graphic design from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA and an MA from... go to artist page

Jabari Hall-Smith

Jabari has exhibited at The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN, SPACES gallery, Cleveland, OH, and various other venues throughout the United States. He received a BFA from Howard University in 2001 and did graduate studies in experimental animation and integrated media at the California Institute of the Arts from 2002 -... go to artist page

Olalekan Jeyifous

Olalekan has exhibited at The Kitchen, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, SPACES Gallery, The Boiler Room, the Rotterdam Architectural Biennale, The Drawing Center, and la BANK, Paris, France. He received a BArch from Cornell University in 2000. He was awarded a... go to artist page

Seitu Jones

Seitu Jones was born in Minneapolis in 1951. Working on his own or in collaboration, Jones has created over 30 large-scale public art works. He's been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, a McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Bush Leadership Fellowship, and a National Endowment... go to artist page

Charles Nelson Jr.

Nelson was equally adept at painting, drawing and video, and he put them all to work as a conceptual artist. Over the last few years, the Morehouse College professor had garnered accolades for richly layered videos that drew from literature, film, popular culture, music and art history. go to artist page

Carl Pope Jr.

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Damon Reaves

Damon has exhibited at The Audrey Fienberg Gallery and the Valley Art Center. He received his MFA from The University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and his BFA from Miami University, Ohio in 2001. In 2005 he was awarded the Emerging Artist Award by Sankofa Fine Arts Organization, and... go to artist page

Kevin Sipp

Kevin has shown at the Tubman African American Museum and the Kubatana Gallery. go to artist page

Charmaine Spencer

Using salvaged materials Charmaine Spencer creates bold accumulative works that reinvent concepts of value.While attending the Cleveland Institute of Art Spencer was recipient of the William McVey Award and was one of two students selected to finish posthumously, the last sculpture of David E. Davis, the founder of the Sculpture... go to artist page

RA Washington

R.A. "Rafiq" Washington is an El Paso native and moved to Cleveland in 1989. He has done an assortment of things in Cleveland including hosting poetry readings at the Cleveland Museum of Art, playing in an experimental rock band, and publishing books. He runs the grass-roots hip-hop label,... go to artist page

Amanda Williams

Amanda was born in 1974 in Evanston, IL. She has had solo exhibitions at 3 Peas Art Lounge, Levy Art and Architecture, Guerilla Cafe and Gallery, and Angel Orensanz Foundation. She studied at University of California, Berkeley and received her BA from Cornell University in 1997. go to artist page

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