Note: “Black On Black” appeared last year at VAE Raleigh and is now on view at American Tobacco Campus in Durham until April 30.

If you missed last year’s “Black On Black” exhibition, you now have another chance. It is back and on view inside the Reed Building Lobby at 318 Blackwell Street at American Tobacco Campus in Durham (beside Cuban Revolution). The exhibition is open to the public daily during normal business hours. 

[Related: The need for “Black On Black”]

Stop by during the Third Friday Durham Art Walk on March 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. for a reception to see the works and meet some of the artists. There will also be a performance by (J) Rowdy (@rowdylife) of @DURMCypher. He will perform freestyles in response to the artwork in “Black On Black.”

The exhibition, which is in partnership with VAE Raleigh, features 10 North Carolina-based artists of color and includes multimedia, paintings, drawings and mixed media works.

[Related: Follow “Black On Black” on social media – #BlackOnBlackATC]

The curators of the exhibition worked with gallerist Kelly McChesney to install the works, which will be on view until April 30. Sponsored by VAE Raleigh and ArtsNow, the exhibition and programming is in association with the Art of Cool Festival, which takes place April 28-30.

Make sure and stop by during the Third Friday art walk on March 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. There is street parking, or you can park in the parking decks. Click here to learn more about parking. You can enter the Strickland/Reed Building off of Blackwell Street and walk down the stairs. You can also enter the building from inside of ATC using the entrance next to Cuban Revolution. 

[Related: The “Black On Black” reading list]

Contribute to the conversation using the hashtag #BlackOnBlackATC.

Enter the Black Violin ticket giveaway

The curators are also partnering with Kidznotes for a Black Violin ticket giveaway! Black Violin plays at the Carolina Theatre in Durham on Thursday, March 23. We’re giving away TWO PAIRS of tickets to the Kidznotes & Black Violin:  Uniting Durham event that includes all the following happening on March 23:

  • 5 p.m. – Watch Black Violin’s soundcheck and have a quick meet-and-greet at the Carolina Theatre
  • 6 p.m. – Enjoy a pre-concert dinner including a Kidznotes performance at the Rickhouse
  • 8 p.m. – Black Violin concert at the Carolina Theatre
  • Immediately following the show – VIP after-party at The Durham Hotel

There are TWO ways enter:

Deadline to enter is Friday, March 17 at 4 p.m. Entries will entered into a database and two random winners will be selected and each receive a pair of tickets. Winners will be announced by Kidznotes at 8 p.m. during Third Friday, March 17 at the exhibition in the Reed Building Lobby at American Tobacco Campus. Winners MUST BE PRESENT (or have a representative present) on Third Friday to redeem tickets. Enter now!

Who is Black Violin? See for yourself below.

“Black On Black” exhibition statement: History and society haven’t always been truthful or kind in the depiction of people of color. But whose depictions are they? “Black On Black” is an exhibition where curators of color asked artists of color to share their thoughts on identity in their own voice.

Learn more about the exhibition at artsnownc.com/blackonblack. Contribute to the conversation using the hashtag #BlackOnBlackATC

“Black On Black” Third Friday reception
When: Friday, March 17 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Reed Building Lobby at American Tobacco Campus; 318 Blackwell Street, Durham
Exhibition on view through April 30
#BlackOnBlackATC

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