33 1/3: SIDE TWO, The African Diva Project Continues
Distinguished Lecturer of Fine Arts, Dr. Margaret Rose Vendryes, brings her 33 1/3: SIDE TWO, The African Diva Project Continues series to the York College Fine Arts Gallery. Each square canvas in her African Diva series is modeled after a 12-inch LP album cover of a popular black female soloist. Every Diva wears an African mask, chosen for its character and/or aesthetic compatibility to her image. The mask is painted on paper and applied to the canvas. In Africa, masks (many depicting powerful female deities or ancestors) are worn almost exclusively by men. Dr. Vendryes gives these dynamic African American female performers agency and protection replacing their psychological mask with a literal one. Their songs – messages that once rose out of vinyl channels like black magic – are inscribed in the color field that surrounds them. Side One of the series, which includes 33 1/3 square-format paintings, was completed in 2012. Side Two began in 2013 and is in-progress.
The opening of the exhibition will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 in the York College Fine Arts Gallery and will run through Monday, December 2, 2013.