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Ancestral Connections - Group Mixed Media Art Show

Multnomah Arts Center (Art Gallery), 7688 SW Capitol HWY, Portland, Oregon 97219

Wednesday, October 9 2019, 9:00 AM to 9:30 PM


Group Mixed Media Show Celebrating Portland’s African Diaspora – Curated by Bobby Fouther


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Ancestral Connections
Group Mixed Media Show Celebrating Portland’s African DiasporaCurated by Bobby Fouther

Monday - Friday from 9:00am-9:30pm
Saturday - Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm
Show closes October 29, at 5:00pm

Ancestral Connections, a group mixed media exhibit celebrating Portland’s African Diaspora, curated by Bobby Fouther, will be on view at the Multnomah Arts Center beginning October 4. An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Friday October 4, from 7:00-9:00pm. The show closes on October 29, at 5:00pm.

Curated by beloved Portland Visual and Performing Artist Bobby Fouther, this show features ten artists that embody the African Diaspora experience here in Portland.

Featured Artists

Opening night with some of our artists; (left to right) Hobbs Waters, Mufu Ahmed, Ruth Gourdine, Alice Price, Saan Patterson, Jamaali Roberts, Blacque Butterfly (Darlene Solomon-Rogers), Brenda Pace, and Bobby Fouther in front.

  • Bobby Fouther/Curator – Mixed Media
  • Mufu Ahmed – Sculptures and Quilts
  • Blaque Butterfly – Spoken Word
  • Ruth Gourdine – Paintings
  • Eldon Jones III – Paintings
  • Chris McMury – Paintings and Photographs
  • Saan Patterson – Paintings
  • Alice Price – Paintings
  • Jamaali Roberts – Collage
  • Hobbs Waters - Paintings

Curator’s Statement

“When I first thought about creating this exhibit, I wanted to show a breath of artwork from the diaspora. As I turned it to my artistic family, I began to realize that we functioned much like a Village. And so I chose to treat each member as an artistic force for the whole. Through this lens I was able to cross genders, ages, styles, aesthetics and content. In the essence, this has created the Village voice that you will experience in viewing and hearing Ancestral Connections.

While the artists in this exhibit were born and raised in different locations, different households, on different continents, you will see a theme of the need to take one’s personal experiences and create visual interpretations. It’s this internalization and processing that I recognized in this group of friends as well as many others to created our artistic Family. As in any family, the group contains mentors, students, parents, elders, and many more who function as extended resources for belonging.

I hope the viewer will take in and experience the sense of joining in on these familial excursions. I hope you see how we have shared our inner experiences to create this Village. I hope you hear how we have shared our stories to create our sense of family."

- Bobby Fouther / Curator