constant escape: works by Adrian Aguilera, Betelhem Makonnen, and Tammie Rubin
Founding members of the Austin based Black Mountain Project Adrian Aguilera, Betelhem Makonnen, and Tammie Rubin will debut a new body of work in sculpture, photography, text, and video, at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center from March 7, 2019 - July 27, 2019. This collaborative exhibition, constant escape, provides a sensory experience for resisting absolute definitions of culture and identity. The concept for this exhibition is inspired by text from Fred Moten’s, Black and Blur:
Constant escape is uneasy. It demands the blinking intermittence, the radical flight, of a certain experience of constraint that will have been best understood as sustained, unflinching fantasy, as a look through or away, listening to and playing over, under. Perhaps constant escape is that which is what we mean when we say freedom.
Employing a variety of mediums, each artist has a distinctive process and approach to their creative practice. And yet, they share a commitment to making work that is not easily labelled, asks us to question our environments, and reflect on how we see ourselves in the world.
Re-Membering is the Responsibility of the Living: An Installation by Taja Lindley
The Carver Museum & Cultural Center will present the work of New York-based, multi-disciplinary visual and performing artist Taja Lindley. Her mixed media installation, "Re-Membering is the Responsibility of the Living," will be on view from March 7, 2019, to July 31, 2019. Moved by the non-indictments of the police officers responsible for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Lindley draws parallels between discarded refuse and the violent treatment of Black people in the United States. The artist uses re-purposed trash bags to re-member, honor and value the Black lives that have been lost due to state-sanctioned violence. In this post-Ferguson moment, Lindley is imagining how to recycle the energy of protest, rage, and grief into creating a world where, indeed, Black Lives Matter.
OUR PEOPLE:THE LIFE AND WORKS OF ANGELA SHELF MEDEARIS
Our People is an exhibition about literature-with a focus on the African American family experience. Austin-based children's author, Angela Shelf Medearis' multifaceted career has entailed producing Children's Radio Bookmobile for the University of Texas, curating exhibitions, serving as a consultant to Scholastic, Macmillan, and Scott Foresman textbook publishers, and writing a column for the Hears-King newspapers.
Known also as "The Kitchen Diva," Medearis is an award-winning chef, cookbook author, and owner of the multimedia company Diva Productions.
Medearis will present a free, monthly storytime for children at the Carver in March, April and May and a free How to write for Children workshop (dates TBA) in conjunction with the African-American Book Festival in June.
Our People: The Life and Works of Angela Shelf Medearis will be on view from February 2, 2019- June 22, 2019.
A celebration of freedom, the Carver's core exhibit is dedicated to the history and evolution of Juneteenth. We are proud to be the first museum in the nation to feature a permanent exhibit honoring this Texas-born day of jubilee. Through a combination of visual and interactive activities, every day is Juneteenth at the Carver Museum!
Our permanent exhibit on Austin African-American families highlights 10 families who have contributed greatly to the Central Texas landscape. From the area’s first black settlements to some of this generation’s strongest community leaders, this interactive gallery explores the history of Austin’s African-American community and allows guests to present their own family stories for all to see.
The Children’s Gallery, entitled Let’s Pretend Dr. Carver!, is a hands-on look at famous African-American scientists and inventors. Children can learn about some of history’s most creative minds while seeing that they, too, can achieve great things when they put their own minds to work. We invite all visitors to become an inventor for a day!
L.C. ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL
Our newest permanent exhibit honors Old L.C. Anderson High School and her alumnae. Anderson High School was the school that African Americans went to prior to integration in the Austin Community. This exhibit spotlights the prestige and accomplishments of the student body in sports, music, and academia through artifacts, oral histories, and yearbook imagery.
Freedom Plaza is home to the Juneteenth Memorial Sculpture Monument (which opened to the public on June 27, 2015). It is made up of 5 bronze figures that represent the story of Juneteenth and a paved timeline of the Black Presence in the Americas—from the Middle Passage to the Emancipation Proclamation that leads to the Bell of Freedom. The Juneteenth Sculptures were created by Eddie Dixon and Austin native, Adrienne Rison Isom.