The Striking Images of Manifest Make Waves Across the Country
CIIS' Desai | Matta Gallery was the First Gallery in the Nation to Display "Manifest"
CIIS friend and guest artist Wendel White has added pieces to his the lastet exhibit Manifest and is now bringing it across the country. The Desai | Matta Gallery was the very first gallery in the nation to feature Manifest, a collection of photos White took while documenting historical black artifacts dispalyed in mueseums. White has had several works displayed at CIIS, first in 2013 as part of our Billboard Project (pictured above), and again in 2015's Chroma Series. View some of the photos and read more about Manifest from Huffington Post below, and catch our current Arts at CIS exhibition Un | Moored: Oscillations and Migrations on display through March 17th
For over nine years, Wendel White has been venturing to countless museums throughout the U.S. to photograph historical black artifacts for his " Manifest " photo series. From a lock of Frederick Douglass' hair andFBI files on Malcolm X to a tambourine once played by Prince, White's collection of nearly 100 photos allows for continual consumption of black history.
Wendel White, the Distinguished Professor of Art at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, has exhibited and published widely. Among other honors, he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an En Foco New Works Photography Fellowship, two fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, and a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
The Arts at CIIS is a contemporary arts exhibition program that cultivates community engagement and creative and integrative approaches to the urgent challenges facing society today. Through exhibitions, publications, and events featuring emerging and established artists, The Arts at CIIS strives to promote pluralism in the arts, to support artists in the creation of new work, and to foster dynamic and critical dialogues within and across communities.