Friday, June 29, 2012

INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF CUBA @ EUBIE BLAKE CENTER

CUBA: RITUAL, RESISTANCE AND RESILIENCE

WHEN: July 5-29; art exhibit opening & reception  6-9 PM
WHERE:
  Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 North Howard Street, downtown Baltimore
For more information call 410-225-3130

Artist Anthony McKissic shares his intimate portrait of Cuba.

Cuba: Ritual, Resistance and Resilience is a personal exploration of the lives of the Cuban people. McKissic, a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art and teacher in the Baltimore City school system, began this project in 2004 as “an attempt to gain an understanding of how West African lifestyles could be preserved in the Americas.”

Cuba is a journey brought to life in over eighty black and white photographs and is a portion of a larger exploratory look at the touch of the African Diaspora on countries including Brazil, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the United States. McKissic states, “I recognized a connection and kinship. The mannerisms and expressions of the folk reminded me so much of my childhood memories." The communicative dialogue through the lens of my camera sent me on a journey into the diaspora, Cuba being a point of departure.”

Anthony McKissic has shown previously at Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk and Subbasement Artist Studios.

For more than three decades, the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center has sought to bring creative expression and urban consciousness to Baltimore through visual and performing arts education and development opportunities for children, youth and adults in our community.