Title of exhibition: Migratory
Location of exhibition: Bath House Cultural Center
521 E. Lawther Dr. Dallas, Texas 75218 •
White Rock Lake
Dates of exhibition: July 6-August 2, 2019
I have been invited to participate in this exhibition on Migration in the world. I have created a leather burning and fabric art piece titled, “Sweetie, Get To Harlem, NOW!”
There are two leather pyrography works featured on this piece and features a lace-cut work tablecloth and quilted, star pattern patchwork. The images on this piece features two characters from a familiar migration story. The man has fled the South for a chance at Harlem, New York and Adam Clayton Powell’s upward Negro progress. His letter home has announced a new longshoreman’s job and Harlem apartment room is read over a wagon wheel mailbox by his spouse. It tells of Father Divine and his religious movement to feed, house and train migrants and Harlem-ites, alike. Get here, Now! The Statue of Liberty skirts the bottom of the piece as an anchoring symbol of the promises awaiting all who would dare to hope on the backbone of a new place. Beside her is a tenement building with rows of metal trash cans lining a street paved with gold. On the other side is a recreated advertisement of Adam Clayton Powell’s “8,000 Mile Cross Country Tour: The Negro On the Home Front” from The People’s Voice Newspaper.