Media advisory: 'Radical Revisionists' opening Jan. 24 at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts

Contemporary African artists confront past and present in spring exhibition

Omar Victor Diop

HOUSTON – (Jan. 16, 2020) – Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will unveil its spring exhibition Jan. 24 with an opening reception for “Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present.”

Omar Victor Diop
Omar Victor Diop

Featuring the work of 10 contemporary artists from Africa and the diaspora across a range of media, the exhibition addresses how the histories of marginalized people are often erased and the ways in which artists reinterpret familiar themes through contemporary, Afrocentric lenses.

“The works engage with questions of migration and displacement, representation and identity, and the exploitation of land, resources and people in the Colonial and post-Colonial eras,” said Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth executive director of the Moody Center.

The exhibition is timed to coincide with the establishment of Rice’s newly formed Center for African and African American Studies. It's also scheduled to be on view during Houston’s FotoFest Biennial 2020, “African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other,” opening in March.

The opening reception for "Radical Revisionists" is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A community-based performance by participating artist Serge Attukwei Clottey will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Complimentary beverages will be served as guests are invited to explore the Moody’s three newly transformed galleries, spotlighting the work of artists Clottey, Sammy Baloji, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Omar Victor Diop, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Mary Sibande and Pascale Marthine Tayou.

“Radical Revisionists” will be on exhibit through May 16.

What: Opening reception for “Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present.”

When: Friday, Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Moody Center for the Arts, 6100 Main St.

Self-paid parking is available in the university’s Moody Lot and West Lot. Maps of the Rice campus are available here.


Related materials:

Omar Victor Diop, Omar Ibn Said, 2015. Série Diaspora Impression jet d’encre pigmentaire sur papier Harman By Hahnemuhle. © Omar Victor Diop. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris.

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