This educational exhibition brings reproduction of artworks by William H. Johnson (1901-1970) from the collection of the Smithsonian Museum of Art Regarded as one of the most influential American artists, Johnson's colorful images of children and musicians will provide a strong visual background for the children assisting summer camps at the Ali. Johnson's children's book "Li'l Sis and Uncle Willie." Through the eyes of almost six-year-old Li'l Sis, the colorful story of Uncle Willie unfolds, a story that changes forever a little girl's perception of art and the world around her. The book is based on the life of African American artists.
The Historic Ali Cultural Arts presents Double Exposure, an expression of A. J. Brown’s double life as both a
visual artist and vocalist. The exhibit, free and open to the public, will be on view during regular business hours
from April 25 through June 14, 2019. The opening reception, including a concert and conversation with the
artist, is Thursday, April 25, 6-8pm.
“I paint whatever moves me,” explained Brown. “When I spend time to capture and visually record whatever appeals to my emotional senses at specific moments in my life, the intention is to share that experience with the viewer. My portraits are few and personal, usually of different icons, family members and close friends. Some of my landscapes are, in essence, also portraits, revealing protected treasures, unique geographical locations, or ways of living. My still life pieces typically reflect atmospheric and philosophic statements, and my abstracts reflect my freedom to commit to the journey from a blank canvas to what was created.”
Exploring the exhibition, visitors are taken on a journey through time and space with each painting. The pieces cover a wide range of subject matter and artistic genres, including portrait, still life, landscape and abstract. “We are so gratified to be able to exhibit the very vivid and fresh art works of A.J. Brown,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “His vibrant work offers glimpses into his own passionate nature and brings Pompano Beach a burst of Caribbean energy and flavor. The fact that he’s also a talented vocalist is icing on the cake!”
The Historic Ali Cultural Arts is proud to present Without Labels, an exhibition exploring views of identity and
cultural perception. The exhibition features the photographs of Jamie Robertson and works on paper by
Shawna Moulton and runs from February 15-April 12, 2019.
“We are delighted to showcase the works of these talented artists, who through their research and art answer their own questions about identity and cultural perception,” said curator Juliana Forero. “As each artist peels away different cultural labels to discover their own identities, they invite the viewer to take that same journey of reflection and exploration.”
Jamie Robertson’s Making Reference is an ongoing photographic series of self-portraits influenced by representations of Black Women in art history and popular culture. Ethnographic photographs from the Caribbean, South America and North America along with paintings from those regions serve as reference points for Robertson’s self-portraits.
“Using my body and adornments such as gold hoop earrings, eyeliner and orchids, I explore my perceived identity and question how I see myself versus how others see me,” said Robertson. “This series allows me to explore the history of Black Women in the Americas and how they were seen while simultaneously allowing me the agency of self-representation to confront perceptions of my own identity.”
Shawna Moulton creates delicate works made from paper she makes herself, which she then embellishes with water colors and ink drawings. Moulton, who teaches the ancient art of papermaking at workshops throughout South Florida, also sculpts her creations into life-size masks which depict both distinct and indistinct facial features.
“I create what I feel is truly important — me as my pure self,” said Moulton. “Who am I without a name, race, gender or any given label? It’s like picturing a color you have never seen but know it exists.”
“Coloured” was curated by Gary L. Moore. To some, the title may seem inappropriate in today’s culture, but to Moore, it evokes a response that focuses attention on the essential subject matter, conveying diverse renditions of contemporary African diasporic visual culture.
The exhibit is a vibrant journey exploring how pigment, when set down on canvas, paper or wood, changes with each surface, providing new meaning and context. The exhibit features the works of more than ten artists, all of African descent, including the late Purvis Young, who was an inspiration for Moore.
“Coloured” runs through February 8, 2019 at the Historic Ali Cultural Arts. Hours and more information call 954-786-7876.