Teachers teaching. Developed by artist Lynne Riding and curated by Jonell J. Pulliam, this exhibit explores the concept of the plantation from an artist's perspective. Participating artists include Art Institute of Charleston faculty members Riding, Pulliam, DH Cooper, Mary Johnson, Kim McHenry-Williams, and Lynne Riding, as well as three local artists: Colin Quashie, Michaela Pilar Brown, and Juan Logan. They ask the politically incorrect questions, like what is a plantation — a place to honor or hide from? Can we re-examine this part of our history and heal old wounds, or is it too painful?
Historic house or catchy subdivision name? Not necessarily designed to be controversial, the show will nonetheless make some people uncomfortable. There will be artwork that is direct and confrontational as well as images that are abstract, lyrical, and beautiful. There are works of art that play off of popular culture and others that are more traditional paintings/prints. Slavery, ownership, and the future are some of the ideas explored in the exhibition.
Homecoming. Toni Morrison's latest book, Home, examines romantic notions of home and the African-American search for identity. In a similar manner, Manifesting Memory looks at individual perspectives toward land and ownership in the South. "The thing is, the plantation holds a distinct place in the Southern psyche," curator Pulliam says. "The artists included in the exhibition have lived in the U.S. and abroad, have different experiences and world views, and now find themselves in the South. The goal of the exhibition is to present alternative ideas of the 'plantation' in the 21st century."