At the heart of the African American experience in the Northwest is the story of our Journey to this region, the establishment of our vibrant community and the ways in which we have survived. To tell this ever-unfolding story, the Museum's exhibits and programs will feature the visual arts, music, crafts, literature and history of African Americans in the Northwest.
|Marita Dingus: Buddha as an African Enslaved|
October 12, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Buddha as an African Enslaved is on loan from the Tacoma Art Museum.
A gigantic reclining figure made of
fabric and wire occupies the entire length of NAAM's galleries.
Dingus, inspired by a 60-foot tall standing Buddha that she saw in Beijing in
1995, made Buddha as an African Enslaved, in Texas, where she was
researching the history of American slavery. When Dingus installed
the piece sideways in an art gallery, her black Buddha, compressed between
ceiling and floor, recalled old diagrams of slave ships, which showed "human cargo
stacked like books on a shelf." Dingus then added long tresses of hair
that she made of fabric chains. This Buddha is a monument to endurance.
It's overwhelming scale and non-aggressive demeanor suggest the moral
force of non-violence as preached by Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther
On view in the Northwest Gallery through January 12, 2014.
This exhibition is made possible with continued support from:
The Journey Gallery
Photo by Jennifer Richard
What does it mean to be African American in the Pacific Northwest? It is a beautiful range of colors and hues; a diversity of experiences and locations; a variety of countries of origin, both known and unknown; an assortment of religions; a staggering array of occupations; a multitude of co-workers, neighbors, friends and families; an ever -evolving community that continues to shape and reshape the human experience.
The Journey Gallery takes visitors on a fascinating journey through space and time, introducing the history, culture, and art of the region's African American Community. Using a mix of photos, artifacts and compelling narratives, the Journey Gallery invites you to explore this continually changing story, for it is yours, it is mine, it is ours.
Curated by Barbara Earl Thomas, Deputy Director/Curator. Special thanks to Formations, Inc., Exhibit Design/Fabrication; Jackie Lawson, Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Inc.; Marsha Rooney, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture; Pat Thomas, Black Historical Society of Kitsap County; Tim Detweiler, Executive Director of the James W. Washington, Jr. and Janie Rogella Washington Foundation.