Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) is proud to announce Forty Acres Deferred, a mixed media group show on display from October 12, 2018- January 18, 2019. Forty Acres Deferred is in conjunction with Vivid Gallery’s 7/8…9 on display from October 12- November 17, 2018.
About Forty Acres Deferred and 7/8…9
Both exhibitions are mixed media, highlighting narratives of the Black American suburban experience. Black Americans are presented frequently as homogeneous urban people in mass media; this show challenges that notion by presenting nuanced representations of the Black experience in suburban settings. The exhibitions look to investigate how we define the “American Dream” and if the pursuit of that aspiration incorporates elements that affirm our Blackness. The exhibition engages other other unifying themes, including:
migration, place-making, regional identity, family, political incorporation, education, and childhood.
Curators Maleke Glee (PGAAMCC) and Terence Nicholson (Vivid) will focus on the compositional aspects of each piece, which lend symbolic meaning to the subject. Compositional styles and mediums in works of art are intentional and speak to Black American history, culture, communities, rituals, and lifestyles. In these exhibitions, we want to lend a discourse across the region, one that
seperates the intentional migration of Black Americans into suburbia from the displacement of Black Americans from the urban landscape. The connections between these demographic shifts are rarely spoken in relation to one another. The exhibitions are produced in direct response to the massive displacement of Black Washingtonians and asks us to revisit the intentional migration to
occupy suburban Prince George’s County, and surrounding areas.
Guy Miller, Lionel Frazier, Monique Muse Dodd, Tim Davis, Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell, Joan Gaither, Kimberly Cunningham, Lloyd Foster, David Cassidy, Beverly Price
The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative approach to the documentation, interpretation, preservation, and presentation of local and regional African American history, art, and culture. As the heart of the Gateway Arts District, we believe that we have an obligation to the community to promote collaboration, engage unlikely allies in dialogue, and encourage participation in the creative process. We recognize the diversity of experience within the African American community and aim to reflect a broad spectrum of social and cultural activities with this exhibition.