Art Exhibition: “Embody” (Mandeville Gallery)


Union College’s Mandeville Gallery presents “Embody”—group show that embodies diasporic perspectives. Curated by Julie Lohnes, the exhibition features 10 contemporary artists of diaspora who use collage-making concepts and methods to construct identity through a wide range of representations of the body. The show runs through January 19, 2020.

There will be a reception in the Nott Memorial with a performance by exhibiting artist aricoco on Tuesday, September 24, from 5:00 to 6:30pm at Nott Memorial. Also at the Nott, Simonette Quamina will give an artist talk on Tuesday, October 8, from 5:00 to 6:30pm. Both events are free and open to the public. (Union College is located at 800 Union Street, Schenectady, New York.)

The artists included in the exhibition are aricoco (Ari Tabei), Firelei Báez, Amir H. Fallah, Chitra Ganesh, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Simonette Quamina, Stacey Robinson, David Shrobe, Didier William, and Saya Woolfalk. Here are short descriptions for the artists with Caribbean connections:

Firelei Báez: New York City-based Báez is concerned with the politics of place and heritage, which can be traced to her upbringing on the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  Her featured painting, titled “given the ground (the fact that it amazes me does not mean I relinquish it),” is on loan from Trustee Kelly Williams ’86. Her monumental outdoor sculpture, 19.604692°N 72.218596°W, is in the 2019 High Line Art exhibition in New York, while her commission for the Modern Window at the Museum of Modern Art is on view through November.

Didier William: William is a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, whose paintings draw upon memory, oratory and historical archives to reimagine narratives of the black diaspora. He has exhibited at museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad. He is a 2018 recipient of the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was featured in the 2017 group show “Accordion Space” in the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts. He teaches at Rutgers University and chairs the M.F.A. Program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

For all artists’ bios and more information, see

[Image above: Didier William’s “Dancing, Pouring, Crackling and Mourning” (2015). Source:]

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