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Upsetting Expectations: Looking At Black Contemporary Art with Whitney Robbins

Saturday, May 22, 2021 via Zoom

Excerpt from The Recorder: “Upsetting Expectations: Looking at Black Contemporary Art,” will be held Saturday at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Whitney Robbins, a social justice advocate, will create a discussion surrounding a selection of artwork by Black artists and how art can serve as a visual language of the oppressed.

“I’m hoping that looking at Black contemporary artists can allow us to think symbolically and metaphorically about race and racism,” Robbins said. Her goal is to get the community thinking about the past and present, challenging stereotypes and being honest about what they see the moment they view this art.

Robbins’ project has been in the works since 2020, when Racial Justice Rising had originally planned for her to present the art. In the past, the organization has highlighted dance, music and other forms of artistry. Robbins said she held out with hope that the event would eventually be held in person, but she believes it’s important that she shares her intertwined passion for and knowledge of Black contemporary art and teaching with the community as opposed to waiting any longer.

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Our programs are supported in part by grants from these Local Cultural Councils: Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont-Hawley, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Heath, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Warwick, Wendell, and Whately, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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