Title of the Exhibition: Reconstructing Hope

Organized by:          Black Artists of DC (BADC) and Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Juror: Zoma Wallace is a curator and writer who is credited with contemporizing and diversifying the fine art collection owned by the government of the District of Columbia as the city’s first ever Curator through the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. While there, she also created the Curatorial Grant Program, awarding district resident curators with funding and exhibition space to mount compelling exhibitions. Her critical essays concerning two African American abstract artists have recently been published by the American University Museum in Washington, DC and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. As an alumna of Spelman College, she holds a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Howard University, and is currently working towards a PhD in Art Theory & Philosophy. In addition to her scholarly pursuits, Zoma independently curates exhibitions of contemporary art, provides custom project support for artists, and offers her aesthetic eye as an interior stylist for clientele in Washington, DC and New York City.

Exhibition description: Reconstructing Hope

“The exhibition, Reconstructing Hope, is a challenge given to artists to dissect the concept of hope through its implications within histories of Black agency. BADC asks for thoughtful and well researched works of art that explore intersections of the following lines of thought:-the relationship between desire and intention (also known as hope) to the manifestation of positive change: -dynamics of rebuilding, re-envisioning, and reconstructing new futures that have been revealed by the phenomena of Black American realities: -the role of hope during cyclical eras of abundant opportunity and advancements experienced during 19th century Reconstruction and the 21st century’s Obama presidency, and the need for sustained hope during eras of dismantling efforts from opposition: -and the hopeful space(s) of possibility that are being re-explored and expanded by way of current trends expressed in youth culture”