Logan Center Exhibitions is partnering with Diasporal Rhythms to present an exhibition to mark the 10th anniversary of this distinct art collectors’ collective.
Featuring works by Abiola Akintola, Floyd Atkins, Paul S. Benjamin, Dalton Brown, Makeba Kedem-DuBose, Theodore C. Feaster, Felicia Grant Preston, Andre Guichard, Juarez Hawkins,
Dayo Laoye, Annette Malika Jackson, Marva Lee Pitchford Jolly, Faheem Majeed, Joyce Owens, G.L. Smothers, Lowell Thompson, Dale Washington, Julian Williams, and Shyvette Williams.
In his book Black Art: A Cultural History (Thames & Hudson, 2002), Richard J. Powell writes of Jeff Donaldson’s work [recently featured at the Logan Center Gallery in AFRICOBRA: Philosophy]: ”this is another Black diasporal rhythm.” The idea of an African diasporal rhythm resonated with the founders of this unique collective. And the notion that an artwork can be a rhythm – that just like music, rap and dance, artworks carry the rhythms floating through the Diaspora – has been a guiding principle in their activity.
Founded in 2003, Diasporal Rhythms seeks to build a passionate group of collectors engaged in actively acquiring visual art created by contemporary artists of the African diaspora and to expand the appreciation of these artists’ work. The organization hosts both public and private (members only) events, including home tours, exhibitions and other opportunities to build knowledge about cultural value. Currently a regional organization, Diasporal Rhythms boasts collections housed in private homes throughout Chicago and even counts a public institution, the Dixon Elementary School, as a member.
The bi-annual Collectors’ Invitational marks the culmination of the group’s efforts to recognize the artists they have encountered. Every other year, the membership gathers to vote “out of their collections”: Each member can cast a ballot for an artist whose works they have acquired, and the top five artists are then honored by exhibitions and other events for two years. The nineteen artists featured in this exhibition, which celebrates the tenth anniversary of Diasporal Rhythms, are all such honored artists. To choose their work for this special exhibition, the members gathered to vote from their collections, this time for three representative works by each previously honored artist.
Joyce Owens, an artist, curator, and professor has been invited to curate the installation of the chosen fifty-seven works at the Logan Center Gallery. The exhibition aims to present an overview of the depth and significance of the activity of Diasporal Rhythms and presents an opportunity to reflect on the shared resonances, unique skills, and vision evident in the individual art they collect, bringing the artists and the collectors who support them to a broader audience.
Here is what the press is saying:
CHICAGO GALLERY NEWS on Diasporal Rhythms and on Patric McCoy