SHINE, an exhibition of the latest photography by Ron Tarver curated by Susanna Gold, opens with a wine & cheese reception on First Friday, September 2, 5:00-7:00pm. Artist remarks at 6:00pm.
The exhibition showcases over 20 framed photographs of 20th-century collectible objects depicting African Americans in which Tarver explores his own racial identity and experiences as a Black artist. The word “shine” emerged during the Jim Crow era as a racist slur towards Black people commenting on African Americans who made a living shining the shoes of white people. By emphasizing the shine, or glossy surface, of these objects designed to exaggerate facial features such as lips, noses, and hair, Tarver’s collection of new photographs addresses the problematic nature of Black memorabilia as a decorative art. Taken with a large format film camera and printed in black and white on a highly reflective archival paper, these photographs depict objects in Tarver’s personal collection. While these kinds of objects are still widely collected, some with very high market values, they represent a legacy of racism and belittlement of a people simply due to skin color.
Curator appointments are advised but not required: 610-368-6927 or susanna@susannaWgold.com.