Adrian L. Burrell: Venus Blues
October 7 - December 3
Born and raised in Oakland, Adrian L. Burrell explores in Venus Blues the idea of history as a living phenomenon in the face of duress and erasure. The exhibition highlights Burrell’s large-scale sculptures and life-sized photographs created specifically for the exhibition, as well as the debut of a new iteration of the artist’s ongoing film project, The Saints Step in Kongo Time.
Curated by Dr. Tiffany E. Barber and presented with the generous support of the Paul L. Wattis Foundation, Venus Blues will be the first exhibition to utilize the entire MSP Foundation space at 1201 Minnesota Street since its May 2023 debut, including both its 17,000 sq. ft. interior and 3,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art screening gallery. Accompanying the installation will be live performances, community programs, and film projections that oscillate between the found and the fictional, that together spotlight the importance of preserving cultural heritage and family legacies in the afterlife of slavery.
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