“Social Justice: Both Sides of the River” is a Jacoby Arts Center presentation of work by predominantly African American artists from greater Metro East, Alton, and St. Louis. Sun Smith-Foret, a professional artist, art historian, and psychotherapist, will introduce you to the variety of expression, depth of thought, and feeling in the art.
For 15 years Sun Smith-Foret’s studio art production has been based on bending geometry, using an African American Textile Construction Technique learned from exposure to Traditional Improvisational Quilt Makers, mainly from rural Alabama.
Ideas made visible in "Social Justice: Both Sides of the River" are kindled by desires of African American and other racially conscious artists, for expression of human freedom and the lack thereof, lived on a daily basis by minority people of color in America.
Rev. Martin Luther King said “The universe inclines toward justice.” New generations need to know our collective racial histories which won’t usually be found in history books. Artists, black and white, in the Jacoby show are pointing to solutions not only problems.
African American musicians and local film makers, Prof. Denise Ward-Brown of the Washington University School of Art, and Efi da Silva are part of the programming. We are all post-Ferguson, with consequences and possibilities yet undefined. Art reveals and can heal, fueling contemplation, discourse, and action. Jacoby Arts Center in this case is on a cutting edge. You are invited to join a guided tour of the exhibition and engage in the dialogue.
“Social Justice: Both Sides of the River”
July 1 - August 6, 2016
Every Saturday, at 2pm and by appointment