In Ralph Ellison’s speech “What Children are Like” he discusses subcultures in African American communities and how it is reflected through language. Ellison states, “The American language is a great instrument for poets and novelists precisely because it could absorb the contributions of Negroes … forcing the language to sound and bend under the pressure of their need to express their sense of the real.” In conjunction with the powerful words of Langston Hughes, we are inspired to explore the extent of freedom of speech and the American dream. We are reminding the community of the dangers exacerbated by language in the past and the hope that language can inspire for the future. This show will allow for direct communication through interactive sculpture; to catch a glimpse into other’s experiences with candid photography and subject statements; and it will invite the viewer to observe social benchmarks of our past with poignant collages and prints.
“I, Too, Am America: A Song of Race and Language”
The show will be up from January 24th to March 25th
Opening Reception will be Friday February 3rd from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Panel Discussion/Artist Talk will be Saturday February 4th from 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Artists:Jamaal Barber | Ann “Sole-Sister” Johnson | Kleaver Cruz
Community Folk Art Center
805 E. Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY 13210