People, Places and Things:
Recent Acquisitions 2014-2018
August 29 – October 20
Each year the collection committee meets to consider gifts and purchases of paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and sculpture. Over the past five years, the result has been the addition of hundreds of contemporary and historic works of art in a variety of media and styles presenting different points of view and artistic concerns to create a dynamic ever-changing collection.
Image credit: Wendy Red Star, Yakima or Yakama, Not for me to say, 2015-16, three-color lithograph with chine-collé, archival pigment ink photograph, Edition 19 of 20, 24" x 40", Purchased through the Edmund G. Miller Art Collection Fund, Collection of the Museum of Art, UNH, 2018.12
Fahamu Pecou: DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance
Fahamu Pecou is an Atlanta-based visual artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art, and popular culture. Pecou is profoundly involved in exploring the state of Black existence–life and death–in his work. Through performance, painting, drawing, music, and video, Pecou reframes our view, incorporating references from the West African Yoruba religion as well as Ifa rituals and integrates in his work both African cultural retentions found in hip-hop and the philosophy of Negritude. Through this, Pecou shapes a story that seeks to affirm life via an understanding of the balance between life and death.
Fahamu Pecou: DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual Resistance has been organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, in collaboration with the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University.
Image credit: Fahamu Pecou, the return, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 96" x 96", Courtesy of the artist