Vivid Gallery and The Prince George’s African American Museum’s collaborative exhibitions, 7/8 …9 and 40 Acres Deferred look at regional migratory patterns, and explorations of the contrived “American Dream”. The significance of the collaboration is further contextualized by the importance of the African American history within North Brentwood, MD and the Anacostia Neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
7/8…9 runs from October 12 – November 17, 2018 in Vivid Gallery inside of the Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington DC 20020) The opening reception will be held on October 13 from 2-5 PM, and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10AM-7PM and by appointment.
Featured in 7/8..9 are Sandra Davis, Carmen Mazyck, Beverly Price, Tim Davis, Ayanna Long, Jerrell Gibbs, and David Cassidy. The work of these artists give a clear definition of the concept of home. In a neighborhood that has a large population of longtime Washingtonians with an influx of new residents while the narrative of the historic area is being crafted time and again, the idea of “home” becomes well worth the discussion. With PGAAMCC’s exploration of “home” in a suburban context within the African American story, we get a wholistic view of what “home” is and why we make those choices. 40 Acres Deferred and 7/8 … 9 makes connections between intentional migration to the suburban landscape and the forcible displacement into undeveloped and pockets of the city and suburb. Whether intentionally or forcibly occupying space, whether in the city, country, or suburb, Black Americans have developed culture, traditions and communal values that echo our connection across the Diaspora, a sense of home and belonging.