GUARDIANS OF THE IMAGE MAKERS
Group Exhibition & Programs Commemorating The 1968 Riots
April 6 - June 29, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop
The Delaware Contemporary presents Guardians of the Image Makers a group exhibition of select Delaware artists involved in arts advocacy and activism. The exhibition image is a print by Percy Ricks that inspired the theme of this exhibition bringing creative voices together from all walks of life and every generation. This exhibition joins the citywide Wilmington 1968 series remembering the occupation and riots in Wilmington.
1968 was a consequential year in American history as the Vietnam War raged on, the Civil Rights movement made strides, and riots and protests studded the American landscape. The Wilmington 1968 Occupation and Riots followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. "when cries of 'They got the King' rang out across urban America." Artists responded to the local and national turbulence, and in 1971, Percy Ricks founded The Aesthetic Dynamics, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the arts in Wilmington and the state of Delaware. Ricks was primarily an arts educator, promoting area artists, while helping to improve the quality of life in the local community. Mentored by James Porter, a pioneer in establishing the field of African American art history, Ricks became a mentor to many, believing a whole community should be involved in teaching its children.
This exhibition is in the spirit of Percy Ricks as it brings together artist and community to continue a conversation about where we've come from and where we're going. It also puts into focus the narrative of 1968 through dynamic programming, guided tours, and a colloquium to tell the story of contemporary Delaware artists. This exhibition features works and stories by area artists who exemplify Percy's art advocacy and proliferate arts education. Featured artists include Percy Ricks, Dr. James Newton, Carl Bailey, Chad Cortez Everett, Colette Gaiter, Michael Kalmbach, Eunice LaFate, Roldan West, and Lvon Yoder.
Curated by Morgan Hamilton
Constance S. & Robert J. Hennessy Project Space
All opening, closing, and reception dates subject to change