November 3 - December 15, 2007
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Gullah Artist Reception and
Panel Discussion: November 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Cinema Thursday: November 8,
7:30 p.m., film: The Gullah Connection
Admission to exhibitions and
lectures is free; There is an admission fee for Cinema
Thursday; metered parking on adjacent streets, paid parking
in nearby lots; convenient to Centro, Connective Corridor
and SU campus bus routes.
The artwork in Gullah Lifestyles: A Culture Under Attack
focuses on the culture of the Gullah people of the Sea
Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. Gullahs are
descendants of enslaved West Africans who were brought to
America beginning in the late 1600's. In part due to the
remoteness of their communities, Gullah people today still
maintain a unique culture rooted in African traditions.
However, various factors threaten Gullah communities,
including developers seeking land to build sprawling housing
tracts along with younger generations leaving ancestral
Gullah lands for college and not returning.
The paintings in
"Confederate Currency: The Color of Money" are
based on images of slavery that once were depicted on
Confederate currency. Jones transforms the propaganda
portrayed in the original black and white bank note
engravings into vibrantly colored scenes that confront the
realities of an unjust institution and bring the subjects to
life. He presents the subjects as they appear on the
original currency, not changing the original compositions,
which often depicted slaves smiling or with indifferent
expressions as they worked.
There will be an artist
reception and panel discussion on Gullah Life and
Culture on Saturday, November 3 from
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at CFAC. Panelists will include
artists John W. Jones, Leroy Campbell, Guest Curator Chuma
CFAC will host Cinema Thursday on
November 8 at 7:00 p.m.
The Gullah Connection, a film by St. Clair Bourne, will be
screened. The film documents the impact of tourism on
the Gullah culture of the South Carolina Sea Islands.
Admission to the film is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for
students and free for children under age 12.
For more information about
the exhibitions, panel discussion and film, please call the
Community Folk Art Center at 442-2230. The Community Folk
Art Center is a program of the Department of African
American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at
Syracuse University. The Gullah Lifestyles: A Culture Under
Attack and Confederate Currency: The Color of Money
exhibitions and the Gullah panel discussion are funded in
part by a grant from the Gifford Foundation.
The Community Folk Art
Center is a program of the African American Studies
Department in the College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse
is supported in part with public funds from the New York
State Council on the Arts.
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