Part of Pittsburgh City Paper's month-long celebration of Black History Month
That weight extends to the exhibit’s in-depth exploration of the Black experience here and abroad, historically and in the present day, from the slave trade to the Black Lives Matter movement. The aforementioned Flying Girls — making its U.S. debut after becoming the first-ever work by a Nigerian artist to show at the Venice Biennale — plays on the conventional Western ideas of sculpture to become what curator Kilolo Luckett describes as a “social justice installation,” calling for an end to the human trafficking that affects girls all over the world.
The Café area houses two works looking at the modern immigrant experience: a partly interactive work that invites guests to track their or their ancestors’ migrant journeys on a map, and Marriage Trumps All, created by Lagos-born chef and writer, Tunde Wey. The latter looks at the struggles of international love and dating under the anti-immigration policies of the Trump administration, as demonstrated by Wey displaying a portion of the many government documents required to marry his American wife. As part of the piece, Wey will also host Love In Trump’s America, two dinners (Fri., Feb. 8 and Sat., Feb. 9) meant to facilitate love marriages between immigrants and U.S. citizens.
Rounding out the exhibit are the diverse perspectives in the paintings of Tajh Rust, Nakeya Brown, Vaughn Spann, and Stephen Towns; the mirrored, totemic light sculpture of Ethiopian-American artist, Tsedaye Makonnen; the striking, ecologically-focused contributions of veteran artist, Martha Jackson Jarvis; the shape-shifting, multi-dimensional ceramics by Pittsburgh-based artist Kevin Snipes; and the more playful installation We the News: Newsstand by Lizania Cruz.
In trying to encompass the Black experience, Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities more than delivers with an engaging display of daring, enchanting, and sometimes haunting works.
Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities continues through March 24. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Free and open to the public. aacc-awc.org