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The Cleveland Museum of Art Presents 'New Histories, New Futures' exhibit

The exhibit features three contemporary Black artists and will be on display at Transformer Station, the CMA’s sister contemporary art museum.

CLEVELAND — EDITOR'S NOTE: The video in the player above is from a previous, unrelated story.

A new exhibit that features three contemporary Black artists is opening soon at Transformer Station, the CMA’s sister contemporary art museum.

The exhibit will center on the three artists' engagement with time and historical revisionism, according to a press release.

The artists are Johnny Coleman, who was based in Oberlin, Antwoine Washington, who was based in Cleveland, and Kambui Olujimi, who lived in Queens, NY. 

“The artists in New Histories, New Futures reinterpret historical events from standpoints rooted in the past, present and future,” said William M. Griswold, director of the CMA. “The paintings and mixed-media installation create a mesmerizing experience, transporting visitors to the past, to familial domestic spaces, and to futuristic dreamscapes. The topics are relevant and address issues at the forefront of today’s conversations.”

All three artists bring something completely different to the table. Coleman uses sculpture, sound and projection in a large immersive display that "revitalizes the marginalized history of one group’s journey north on the Underground Railroad," according to a press release. 

Washington paints pictures of his own family, in a way that provides a different look to counteract the stereotype of an absent Black father, says the press release. His style is similar to artists from the Harlem Renaissance.

Olujimi's North Star project features eight brand-new paintings of Black bodies that float through the air, to symbolize them being "freed from the gravity of oppression." 

The New Histories, New Futures exhibit will be on display at Transformer Station through September 12, 2021.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The video in the player below is from a previous, unrelated story.

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