Wednesday, February 4, 2015

BALTIMORE: Januwa Moja & Uzikee Nelson

Celebrating Our Common Heritage in the African Diaspora
February 8 – April 16, 2015

Opening reception and Artist Talk: Sunday, February 8, 2015, 4:00 – 6:30PM

Morgan State University
1700 East Cold Spring Lane
242 Murphy Fine Arts Center
Baltimore, MD

From James E. Lewis Museum of Art press release:

The James E. Lewis Museum of Art is pleased to present an exhibition featuring works by artist couple, Januwa Moja, wearable art designer and fashion icon, and her husband, Uzikee Nelson, a globally renowned sculptor.

The exhibition features a variety of expressions initiated through vibrant and artistic cultural exchange denoting the artist’s travels in the African Diaspora. 

Ms. Moja, a Baltimore native and graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, is a cultural ambassador who connects African cultures through visual and wearable art, performance art and design.

Uzikee Nelson’s life size sculptures use African aesthetics to celebrate the beauty of women in the diaspora, as well as to celebrate cultural heroes Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey and others.

The artists have coined the experience as a “living exhibition that will provide a retrospection of the social conscious art created during our 36 year marriage and half a century of activism.”

This celebration of common heritage will look at people of color and their contributions and inspiration to the African American experience.

The calendar of events surrounding this exhibition has activities conceived to inspire future cultural events that sustain and honor all cultural relationships in Maryland and surrounding areas.

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