Black Wall Street - Pre-Opening Reception

CityKansas City
CountyJackson (MO2418)
Date02/01/2019
Hours15:00
CategoriaEvents
Official Website
Kansas City
Jackson (MO2418)
Tel 2019-02-01
Categoria Events
Black Wall Street - Pre-Opening Reception

You're invited to a pre-exhibition reception for Black Wall Street: A Modernized Revelation, a collection of artistic works that examine the historic massacre outside Tulsa, OK, popularly known as “Black Wall Street.” The massacre, which took place in the summer of 1921, swelled in brutal force as white residents murdered hundreds of black residents and razed Greenwood, OK - a thriving African American neighborhood - in the span of a few hours. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the art work, as well as interact with the exhibition's artist, DAWN TREE, as well as MECHELLE BROWN, Program Coordinator at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, OK.  Michelle and Dawn will give a brief presentation about Black Wall Street at 3:30p.m. Following the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.



Refreshments will be served. To claim your free ticket, simply register below.  >> YOU MAY FORWARD THIS INVITATION TO OTHER INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS. About the Exhibition In 2012, activist and abstract folk artist Dawn Tree was moved to create a body of work engaging the historic massacre outside Tulsa, OK, popularly known as “Black Wall Street”. The massacre, which took place in the summer of 1921, swelled in brutal force as white residents murdered hundreds of black residents and razed Greenwood (a thriving African American neighborhood) in the span of a few hours. Dawn Tree, who attended high school in Oklahoma, focuses her mind on the tragedy and the current state of Black Tulsa whenever she revisits the state. Though her work takes her across the country and around the globe, she remains actively engaged in matters of justice and equity in Tulsa through her relationship with the Greenwood Cultural Center, the Black Wall Street Chamber, the Black Wall Street Market and other entities.


This engagement has enabled her to see the profound oppression that persists in Tulsa. Dawn Tree created the first piece in this series (“Ain't Natural”) in 2012, and has added nine works since. She also maintains a vibrant artistic practice in abstract works, which are hosted on wood using heavy latex acrylic and feature found objects.   Two of her great inspirations are Jackson Pollock & Jean Michel Basquiat. Dawn Tree hopes that her work related to Black Wall Street and to the rebuilding efforts that took place less than five years after the massacre will bring fresh attention to this often marginalized and ignored history. The art she has created through archived photos, journalistic findings, and imaginative assemblage causes this tragic history to come to life.


Tree’s ultimate hope is that this work might open minds and erupt conversation that brings real change.   FAQs   What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Your answer goes here   How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Your answer goes here     FAQs   What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Your answer goes here   How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Your answer goes here  .

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