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mammygraphs

Mammygraphs: Mark Steven Greenfield
Trick Baby: Ernest Arthur Bryant III
August 25 – September 27, 2008
Artists’ Talk and Reception: Tuesday, September 2, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Chaffey College and the Wignall Museum are pleased to present Mammygraphs: Mark Steven Greenfield and Trick Baby: Ernest Arthur Bryant III from August 25– September 27, 2008. Both concurrent exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Mammygraphs features photographs and sculptural works by LA-based artist Mark Steven Greenfield. Greenfield’s work appropriates historic images from the heyday of blackface minstrelsy. With this provocative selection of images and objects, Greenfield prompts the viewer to consider the effect this history has on our culture today. Mammygraphs surveys the work created over the last ten years of Greenfield’s illustrious career as a visual artist and includes work from Greenfield’s Blackatcha, Post Minstrel, Incognegro series, as well as new, never-before exhibited work from Mammygraphs.

In Trick Baby, Minneapolis-based artist Ernest Arthur Bryant III weaves race, politics, pop culture and art history into his mixed-media assemblages. Utilizing found clothing remnants, hand painted portraits, graffiti and sewn elements, Bryant’s loaded works challenge the cultural constructions and coding that we take for granted every day and that shape our social interactions. Borrowing the title from Iceberg Slim’s book Trick Baby, the exhibition includes five of Bryant’s works. This is Bryant’s first California exhibition.

Bryant and Greenfield will speak about their work prior to the artists’ reception on Tuesday, September 2 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Wignall Museum. Immediately following will be an artists’ reception with light refreshments and entertainment featuring dj Trickmilla.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

red triangle  WORKSHOPS & LECTURES

Erasing the FEAR of American Minstrelsy
Lecture featuring Aaron White and Jason Christophe White, In Tha Cut Productions
Monday, September 15, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Wargin Hall 142

Aaron White and Jason Christophe White of In Tha Cut Productions will present this 1-hour lecture exploring the history and legacy of American minstrelsy. Using actual photos, footage and sound bites from real historical performances, this is a perfect preparation for the performance of The Dance: The History of American Minstrelsy, their play that is scheduled the same day in the Chaffey College Theater from 7-9pm (free). In this atmosphere, students, staff and faculty can feel comfortable to confront this atrocity in our American history together and it will provide a platform for dialogues about critical issues surrounding race.


red triangle  BBQ

BBQ
Monday, September 15, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wignall Museum Patio
FREE and open to the public – First come, first served!

Enjoy a meal before attending the evening’s performance of The Dance: The History of American Minstrelsy in the Chaffey College Theater. First come, first served free meal featuring tasty BBQ from the locally owned business, Up ‘N Smoke. Special thanks to ASCC for hosting this event!


red triangle  PERFORMANCES

The Dance: The History of American Minstrelsy
Performance featuring Aaron White and Jason Christophe White of In Tha Cut Productions
Monday, September 15, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Chaffey College Theater
FREE and open to the public

Aaron White and Jason Christophe White of In Tha Cut Productions have written, produced and will perform an educational multi-media play called The Dance: The History of American Minstrelsy. The Dance condenses 100-years of minstrelsy history and explorations of the lingering perceptions that exist today into a one-hour performance which won the 2007 NAACP award for “Best Playwright” and has the support of Mark Steven Greenfield, Harry Belefonte, KCET and others. This event is free and open to the public. This presentation is generously co-sponsored by AMAN/AWOMAN, Human Resources, Language Arts and VPCA.