Who Were They Then, featuring: Morgan Barrie, Carole Harris, Mel Rosas, Clinton Snider, and Bryant Tillman. Much like the physical traces left by time and change on a city, materiality and texture characterize the artists’ work in this exhibition. Each artist has connections to Detroit, whether they have been educated here, lived, or exhibited in the city. The worlds they share in their artwork represent a momentary escape into their inner realm and all the unrevealed traces of their early influences, hopes, experiences, and most current fascinations. Landscapes and tapestries become memory collages and paintings become pictorial communication devices to our legacies: the ones we are a part of and those that we create. Curated by Dick Goody. Full-color catalogue available.

October 20 – November 18, 2018

Morgan Barrie (b. 1988), MFA Eastern Michigan University. Recent projects: Encuentro Fotográfico México 2017, Puebla, México; Women’s Work: Artists Impacting Social Change, Sarah Silberman Gallery, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD; Myth/Document, Detroit Center of Contemporary Photography, Detroit MI.

Carole Harris (b. 1943), BFA, Wayne State University. Kresge Foundation Detroit Artist Fellow, 2015. Recent projects: Rhythm, Repetition, and Vocab, Detroit Institute of Arts; McArthur Binion Curates in Detroit, Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI.; The Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmakers from 21st-Century America, Beijing Museum of Women and Children, Beijing, China.

Mel Rosas (b. 1950), MFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY, 2009. Recent projects: Mel Rosas, Davidson Contemporary, New York. Currently Professor of Painting and Drawing and the Elaine L. Jacob Chair, Wayne State University.

Clinton Snider (b. 1969), BFA College for Creative Studies. Recent projects: Making Home: Contemporary Works from the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Institute of Arts, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale MI; Other Works, Windsor, Ontario; Public Pool, Hamtramck, MI; Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI.; Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI.

Bryant Tillman (b. 1959), Kresge Foundation Detroit Artist Fellow, 2013. Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY, 2017. Recent projects: 4731 Gallery, Detroit, Detroit Artists Market, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit.

Who Were They Then

October 2018

by Dick Goody

44 pages