Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Weusi at the Dwyer Cultural Center
Showcasing and contextualizing the historically seminal work of the Weusi Collective the Dwyer Cultural Center hosts this exhibition until September 3. Founded in 1965, the Harlem-based Weusi (”way-oo-see”, which means Blackness in Swahili) are considered progenitors of the Black Arts Movement and were among the first artists to make African imagery a central part of their work. The exhibition illuminates the enormous aesthetic and social impact these artists have had, individually and collectively, and the ways in which they helped shift the paradigm of diasporic artistic traditions from the margins to the mainstream. Dwyer Cultural Center (258 St. Nicholas Ave.) and open to the public.