February 3, 2022 Arts Calendar
02/03/2022 7:00 PM 02/03/2022 8:00 PM America/New_York Andover The Amazing Black-Man artist talk with Kumasi Barnett

The art department is pleased to present The Amazing Black-Man: America is Another Name for Madness, a solo exhibition by Baltimore-based artist Kumasi J. Barnett. The artwork is hung in the Gelb Gallery and will be on display until spring break. All are welcome to interact, reflect, and engage in conversation around this exhibition and the topics that are raised. The art department will also host an artist talk with Barnett on Thursday, February 3, at 7 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium.

Riffing on classic superhero mythologies, the exhibition will feature a collection of hand-painted comic book works pinned up in their plastic sleeves. For each work, Barnett has meticulously painted over the original comic replacing familiar heroes with characters from Barnett’s universe, among them; The Amazing Black-Man, the Media’s Thug, Police-Man, and Donald F*ck. Alteration here acts as an intervention. By addressing real-world issues through the genre of superhuman mentalities, Barnett’s work dissolves the disconnect between contemporary American narratives and the reality of “justice,” making us reexamine cultural conceptions surrounding the “Good versus Evil” paradigm.

Barnett was born in Baltimore, MD, and received his MFA from The Ohio State University. Influenced by the aesthetics and narratives of comic books, his work subverts and imbues the often-timeless genre with present day social consciousness. Barnett frequently paints directly over comic books, changing their narratives into critiques of police brutality, racial profiling, and—more broadly—systemic racism.

On Feb. 4, Barnett will run a workshop about his artwork. PA art instructor, Casey Smith, will then lead a discussion about designing and painting a group mural in the CAMD office.

Kemper Auditorium

The Amazing Black-Man artist talk with Kumasi Barnett

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. , Kemper Auditorium

The art department is pleased to present The Amazing Black-Man: America is Another Name for Madness, a solo exhibition by Baltimore-based artist Kumasi J. Barnett. The artwork is hung in the Gelb Gallery and will be on display until spring break. All are welcome to interact, reflect, and engage in conversation around this exhibition and the topics that are raised. The art department will also host an artist talk with Barnett on Thursday, February 3, at 7 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium.

Riffing on classic superhero mythologies, the exhibition will feature a collection of hand-painted comic book works pinned up in their plastic sleeves. For each work, Barnett has meticulously painted over the original comic replacing familiar heroes with characters from Barnett’s universe, among them; The Amazing Black-Man, the Media’s Thug, Police-Man, and Donald F*ck. Alteration here acts as an intervention. By addressing real-world issues through the genre of superhuman mentalities, Barnett’s work dissolves the disconnect between contemporary American narratives and the reality of “justice,” making us reexamine cultural conceptions surrounding the “Good versus Evil” paradigm.

Barnett was born in Baltimore, MD, and received his MFA from The Ohio State University. Influenced by the aesthetics and narratives of comic books, his work subverts and imbues the often-timeless genre with present day social consciousness. Barnett frequently paints directly over comic books, changing their narratives into critiques of police brutality, racial profiling, and—more broadly—systemic racism.

On Feb. 4, Barnett will run a workshop about his artwork. PA art instructor, Casey Smith, will then lead a discussion about designing and painting a group mural in the CAMD office.

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