Thomas James | BRIGHT

Thomas James | BRIGHT

Update: 2021-02-04
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In this episode, I interview Thomas James, curator, arts facilitator, critic and Visual Arts Director for Creative Alliance. We discuss his new exhibition BRIGHT.

Thomas began his work as a curator in 2015. Before joining Creative Alliance in 2018, he was responsible for crafting exhibitions throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan area with organizations such as The Phillips Collection, Town Hall Education and Recreation Center (THEARC), The Jerusalem Fund, Syra Arts, and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. He comes to us from the Maryland Federation of Art where he served as the Exhibitions Manager.

Within the very fabric of the Black portraiture genre, a rebellious spirit thrives. Beautiful images exude bright colors, ideas, and histories that can only be fully realized when told through the consciousness of Black artists themselves. Stories are accurately extrapolated when presented by those with an understanding of the nuances at play. Black narratives must be told using the first-hand experience as the cicerone. The artworks in BRIGHT provide new contexts to Black life and serve as a brave choice by these artists to push back against mainstream portrayals of Black bodies.

BRIGHT brings together ten Black American artists to Creative Alliance’s main gallery. Their dazzling works showcase an authentic depiction of Black life, forcing viewers to see Blackness in a new light.


EXHIBITION ARTISTS:
Ambrose
Marie Charlotte Amegah
Destiny Belgrave
Michael A. Booker
Schroeder Cherry
Andrew Gray
David Ibata
Jabari C. Jefferson
Megan Lewis (cover photo)
Arin Mitchell

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