LIFT:

Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 to Sunday, February 12, 2017

LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience presents area contemporary artists' responses to Jacksonville’s rich artistic African American heritage, with an emphasis on creating an artful platform to discuss issues around race, equity, and community. Using the original lyrics to “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” a song written by Jacksonville natives James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson in 1900 for a celebration of Lincoln’s birthday, artists Thony Aiuppy, Glendia Cooper, Ingrid Damiani, Overstreet Ducasse, Dustin Harewood, Marsha Hatcher, Hiromi Moneyhun, Princess Simpson Rashid, Chip Southworth, and Roosevelt Watson III created works that present their views about the complex state of race relations in this city and beyond. From literal interpretations of the lyrics to more abstract emotional responses, these new works inspire, challenge, confront, and uplift, giving a contemporary view to the words and social relevance of the Johnson brothers' masterpiece.

 

 

THONY AIUPPY

GLENDIA COOPER

INGRID DAMIANI

OVERSTREET DUCASSE

DUSTIN HAREWOOD

MARSHA HATCHER

HIROMI MONEYHUN

PRINCESS SIMPSON RASHID

CHIP SOUTHWORTH

ROOSEVELT WATSON III

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

SPONSORS

Presenting Sponsor: The Colley Foundation

COLLEY FAMILY PERSONAL STATEMENT

 

Exhibition Season Sponsors: City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.; Robert D. and Isabelle T. Davis Endowment at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; The Schultz Family Endowment; State of Florida

Exhibition Sponsors: The Director’s Circle at the Cummer Museum; Carl S. Swisher Foundation, Inc.; Wells Fargo

Exhibition Partners: Florida Humanities Council; Mayo Clinic Lyndra P. Daniel Center for Humanities in Medicine

Exhibition Underwriters: Christopher and Lyssa Ball; Ashley Juarez Smith

In-Kind Sponsors: Agility Press, Inc.; Wingard Creative

Program Sponsors: Fleet Landing – Ponce de León Society; VyStar Credit Union – Tapas Tuesdays; Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc. - Talks & Tea Lecture Series

Community Partners: Cultural Fusion Lift Every Voice; Eartha M.M. White Legacy Fund; The Florida Times-Union/jacksonville.com; Generation W; Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations; Jacksonville Human Rights Commission; Jacksonville Public Education Fund; MOSH; OneJax; Ritz Chamber Players; Ritz Theatre & Museum; White Space Consulting, LLC; WJCT

 

 

 

 

The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.