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Monday, September 24, 2007


Text and photographs by: Lynn Sylvester

Our chartered bus rolled out of DC toward the Big Apple with several members of the Black Artists of DC and our interpreter Yao Min (who proved to be an indispensable passenger.) Upon our arrival at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Founder and Director Laurie Cumbo greeted us with a brief introduction to the neighborhood and MoCADA ( <> .) We were joined by artist Alexis Peskine, (Howard University and Maryland Institute College of Art) who discussed his work in the exhibition entitled "French Evolution: Race, Politics and Riots".

This is a provocative exhibition featuring approximately fifteen multimedia images informed and inspired by the 2005 riots that rocked Peskine's native Paris, and explores the social and political climate sustained by the uneasy truce that continues today. After a stimulating di scussion and a visit to the MoCADA gift shop, we continued on to the Brooklyn Museum of Art to view the exhibition "Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art". Before leaving Brooklyn, we joined Danny Simmons at his Corridor Gallery for an opening reception. We returned to Washington, a little weary but inspired and stimulated by a day of art.

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