Through ongoing collaboration with the communities it serves, NAAM creates exhibitions that are relevant, inclusive, engaging, and entertaining. Our exhibitions explore the connections between our region and the history, art, and culture of people of African descent.
January 11 – September 30, 2018
Everyday Black features contemporary portraits by photographers Jessica Rycheal and Zorn B. Taylor. This new exhibition showcases the work of two artists as they explore the intersections and identities that are held within blackness.
In her work, Jessica Rycheal centers the young bloods and elders of the community who organize, build the underground scene and celebrate blackness, queerness and liberation politics.Zorn B. Taylor spotlights “the familiar,” challenging conventional ideas around blackness and whiteness in favor of illuminating the notion of the intentionally chosen, multicultural family.
Through their intimate and honest photographs, Rycheal and Taylor present snapshots that beautifully bear witness to the everyday lives of everyday black folks in Seattle.
Curated by C. Davida Ingram and Leilani Lewis
Images: Joy is the new black, Jessica Rycheal, 2016 (Left); (not your Michaelangelo’s) David, Zorn B. Taylor, 2016 (Right)
You’re Not From Around Here, Are You?
November 5, 2017 – April 8, 2018
The works presented in You’re Not From Around Here, Are You? examine the complex, multifaceted experiences of Black people in the Pacific Northwest. In a genre-crossing collection of collages, altered books and sculptures, the exhibit explores place and space as a marker of Black identity. The pieces on display also grapple with the hyper-visibility of Black bodies, and the notion of racial authenticity in overwhelmingly white spaces. Artist Lisa Myers Bulmash asks audiences to consider the ways in which African-American racial identities are both influenced by and bound to the Northwest.