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Black and White in Black and White/Silence out Loud


  • Museum of Northern California Art 900 Esplanade Chico, CA, 95926 United States (map)

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6th, from 6-8pm. Music provided by Miami Rogue Roosters (classical jazz, Latin & blues).

“Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America,”curated by local photographer, writer of books and magazine articles, Douglas Keister. The exhibit features glass plate negatives, originally taken by African-American photographer John Johnson, and aims to explore their historical and cultural significance in the new Negro Movement of the early 1900’s.

Doug Keister is a photographer, writer of books and magazine articles who resides in Chico, CA and is from Lincoln, NE where these photographs were taken.  Keister is well versed on the subject having co-written a book “Images of America: Lincoln in Black and White” and produced a 45-minute documentary of Johnson’s work “Shadows on Glass”. The importance of these images has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which now has 60 prints from the negatives in its permanent collection.

Silence Out Loud: African American Portraits: In conjunction with monca's main exhibition Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope and Diversity in Americamonca presents Silence Out Loud: African American Portraits, organized by Ramekon O'Arwisters, artist and retired curator of fine-art photography at SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport.

Silence Out Loud  features members of the 3.9 Art Collective, an association of African American artists, curators, and art writers dedicated to drawing attention to the San Francisco Bay Area's dwindling black population through their art, activism, and social engagement. 

This exhibit examines a non-traditional presentation of the Black image. The exhibition presents abstract and conceptual works of art, which reflects a boarder and an extremely personal look at identity, gender, and race through contemporary portraiture. Artists included in the exhibition are Ron Saunders, Kija Lucas, Virginia Jourdan, Cheryl Derricotte, William Rhodes, Mark Harris, Kristine Mays, Michael Ross, Rodney Ewing, and Nancy Cato. 

Earlier Event: August 26
Beyond the Frame: Panel Discussion
Later Event: September 9
Mood: Swing CD Release Party