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PEM/PM and The Tannery Series explore the American Dream June 20

Posted by Christina Jedra  June 4, 2013 10:20 AM

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Join us for the June PEM/PM as the museum partners with The Tannery Series of Newburyport to present Indivisible: We the People in Black, White and Gray. This electric and eclectic evening of music, words and images celebrates the centrality of African American art — and artfulness — to the American identity. 
 
Experience the American dream played out on the horn, the canvas and the page while enjoying food, community and fun. Groove to the genre-defying, multi-instrumental sounds of musician Diggs Duke. Diggs Duke has been hailed an emerging talent of the worldwide underground music scene by several of Europe’s music tastemakers. Vocalist, instrumentalist and composer, Duke has an innovative take on soul and jazz. 
 
Listen to authors Jerald Walker and Tisa Bryant innovate, improvise and experiment in a conversation about the visible and invisible power of race and privilege in 21st-century American art and culture. 
 
Tour PEM’s new exhibition, In Conversation: Modern African American Art, drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Conversations about individuality, relationships and change emerge in the more than 100 superlative works by 43 prominent artists. The paintings, photographs and sculpture represent immense cultural and personal struggles from the 1920s through the 1990s and reflect an extraordinary range of modern artistic production. 
 
About the authors:
Riffing and innovating off criticism, poetry and essay, Tisa Bryant’s work peers into the storage rooms of museums and catalogs the way blackness persists in Western culture as curio, temptation and nightmare.
 
From the south side of Chicago, Jerald Walker's groundbreaking essays take us on a riotous quest for self-discovery as he confronts the American dream.
 
PEM/PM | Members and Salem residents FREE | Nonmembers $10 | No reservations required  |Cash bar

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