|"Negro Week "
(in the North Gallery) Dawolu Jabari Anderson
April 14th - June 9th, 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday April 14th, 2007, 7-10 pm
Dawolu Jabari Anderson lives and works in Houston, TX. He has attended Texas Southern University and has exhibited his work at Project Row Houses, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Blaffer Gallery, the University Museum at Texas Southern and presented his first solo exhibition at the Art League Houston in 2005. He has recently participated in the 2006 Whitney Biennial: Day for Night, and was also a resident at the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Jabari is currently participating in a traveling exhibition in Palazzo delle papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea in Siena, Italy and is a finalist for the 2007 Arthouse Texas Prize.
For Negro Week, Dawolu Jabari Anderson has developed a series of 68”x46” drawings on acrylic and paper to present a duality in meanings. Anderson explains that the title Negro Week has an immediate reference to ‘Negro History Week’ as founded by scholar and historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926 which later became known as Black History Month.
Playing on words, Negro Week also carries a more subtle connotation meaning
black weakness. A weakness in the areas of actual power as oppose to the
false representations of power often suggested in the commodified and
co-opted imagery associated with Black History month.