This past summer, the world witnessed the murder of George Floyd. We at the Center are deeply saddened by yet another murder of a black member of our world community. We stand in solidarity with and support the #blacklivesmatter movement. And we want to continue to have a conversation about race that is meaningful as a community arts organization. The Arts have always played an important role in healing, reflecting, challenging, and evolving humankind.
So in tandem with our year-long Black Lives Matter series of conversations with our friends and colleagues Robin J. Miller and James W. Miller, we invited the Cape Cod artistic community to participate in a digital collective project in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. We asked each participant to create works of art that explore their emotional reaction to the ongoing demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality.
What emerged is incredibly deep and raw and honest. And we offer that collective art work as a video created by our wonderfully talented Board President Emeritus and video artist Jim Hoeck. We call this exhibit Piece by Piece V. Due to Covid-19, we were unable to safely execute our beloved and much looked-forward-to semi-annual Piece by Piece exhibit in person. So we decided not to cancel the exhibit and, instead, to offer a video version for live and virtual viewing. Jim’s video is a beautiful work of art as well, his artistic expression supporting #blacklivesmatter and these talented creators.
This video with a moving soundtrack underlay is available for viewing in our upstairs Gallery in collaboration with Barbara Ford Doyle’s magnificent Church Ladies, a photodocumentary of the artist’s connection to Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas and to Haitian members of the Hope Town Assembly Church, organizing support and aid in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. Ms. Ford Doyle’s work is exhibited alongside Richard Neal’s amazing portrait of Kendrick Lamar on permanent loan to the Center. Lamar is one of the most influential musical artists of his time.
We know this is painful material. But the artwork is also hopeful and a reminder of just how much creating and viewing great art can help us heal, reflect, and evolve. Please join us for this important exhibit. We look forward to greeting you in the Gallery as we continue to bring you cutting edge art exhibits. You can also view the video below as well as read poignant artists’ statements about the inspirations for the art work.