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Renaissance: The Contemporary Expression of the Ancestral Spirit

Presented by Tinney Contemporary at Tinney Contemporary, Nashville TN

Sep 04 2021
Oct 30 2021
Renaissance: The Contemporary Expression of the Ancestral Spirit

Tinney Contemporary is proud to present Renaissance: The Contemporary Expression of the Ancestral Spirit, a group exhibition curated by Michael Ewing.

It is no secret that the rapid cultural and social transformations that accompanied the digital age widened the generational gap between millennials and their ancestral predecessors. This gap has resulted in a sort of cultural amnesia, where artistic processes and the societal conditions they reflect seem wholly new. On the contrary, many of the cultural questions arising now were present at the last turn of the century: what does it mean to come of age? How do people hold space in an ever changing world? Is what connects us still greater than what separates us? These questions are the cultural inheritance of the modern Black artist, willed to us through ancestral energy that, like all energy, cannot be created nor destroyed-only transformed and shifted.

No cultural movement embodies this transfer of artistic energy quite like the Harlem Renaissance, whose resonance is seen today in the reemergence of widespread Black creative collaboration across the globe. The Harlem Renaissance not only marks an artistic revolution but a sociological one, which transformed the ways we gather to create, exchange, and experience art.

This exhibition, entitled Renaissance, explores the socio-cultural resonances of the Harlem Renaissance and reflects the ways Black artists relate to their ancestors, themselves, and each other.

The exhibition will parallel the Harlem of the 1920’s to the present, pinpointing the socio-cultural elements that made Harlem what it was at the turn of the century: a large exodus of Black people moving from the South, a new space where Black artists shared close physical proximity that resulted in transformative creative energy, artistic synthesis, a complexity of discourse and beautiful artistic creation. The exhibition will distill the idea of “Renaissance” as “revival” — a creative force, collaborative spirit, and artistic kinship that lives through its impact and evolution that has reached the African diaspora far and wide.

The exhibition asks artists to explore their own ancestral lineage and how it influences their practices today. It will also challenge artists to identify where they see themselves in the Black artistic tradition.

Source: Tinney Contemporary


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Opening during the FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl Saturday, September 4, 2pm-8pm.

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237 5th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219
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