Renaissance of Brooklyn: History is Present
January 21 - April 20
Featuring 2021 ArtsGreensboro Grantee, Steven Cozart!
Renaissance of Brooklyn: History is Present uses
Charlotte’s historic Brooklyn neighborhood as a reference point to acknowledge the impact of erased and forgotten African-American communities.
These “timeless people” as author Toni Morrison calls them are ancestors beyond our immediate families who influence our present day reality. From the late 1800s to the early 1960s, Brooklyn was a city within a city that provided opportunities and sanctuary in a segregated South.
The multigenerational group of contemporary artists in Renaissance of Brooklyn through their work portray their lived experiences and perspectives as African-American women and men living in the South. They’re reclaiming space in the history of and vision for North Carolina.
Renaissance of Brooklyn also recognizes the special relationship between Brooklyn, New York and the Brooklyn community in Charlotte that was forged during the “Great Migration” of African-Americans from the South in the early 20th century. These two cities represent the millions of Black American families who consequently have Northern and Southern branches.
Curated by Yvonne Bynoe,
Steven M. Cozart
Kalin Renee Devone
Jessica C. Dunston
Bryan M. Wilson