Black Experimentalism a talk with Jelisa M. Davis- Part Two 07/19 by Phantom Gallery Chicago Network | Visual Arts Podcasts: In this exhibit Phantom Gallery Chicago curators Alpha Bruton, and Alan Emerson Hicks invited B. RaEl Ali, and Jelisa M. Davis new graduates and emerging Chicago artists as a feature because each are presenting critical thought and expressing Modernism in their artwork. In their work they have thought critically about black Modernism and what that means. Jelisa M. Davis work captures social phobic thoughts, emotions and behaviors prior to or during moments of social interaction. In 2016, Davis graduated from Chicago State University where she studied studio art and developed her enthusiasm for surrealism. Areas of Investigation: Modernism, like its successor, Postmodernism, is neither easily demarcated in terms of actual dates, nor is it easily defined. Much of what describes Modernism also describes Postmodernism. So, what use do we find in the terminology that supposes a distinction? We know, despite this slippage in terminology, however, that Modernism as an artistic movement—embraced by a range of practitioners in literature, music, and the visual arts—is often described as a ?break? from, and a revolt against, Realism. I want to think about artists whose work we might not consider experimental and see how the innovations in that work begin to shift the ground beneath what we think of as ?black experimental.?
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