Black Life in America exhibit on display at the Riffe Gallery

The struggles, challenges, determination and pride that black Americans experience every day are the focus of a Downtown exhibit at the Riffe Gallery.

“Black Life as Subject Matter II,” curated by Willis “Bing” Davis and continuing through July 8, features 56 works in a variety of media by Black Ohio artists. Racism is the main theme and through paintings, drawings, sculptures, quilts, mixed media works and more, the artists confront, process and present their feelings on this subject.

Davis, 84, is an educator and artist whose own works reflect black American life and African culture. In this exhibition and its predecessor – “Black Life as Subject Matter” presented in 2016 in his hometown of Dayton – Davis has collected powerful works that speak particularly to artists’ experiences over the past five to ten years.

"Virginia" by Abner Cope

“Today we are one community, one nation and one world in a great state of struggle and change,” Davis wrote in his curator’s statement. “Protests that continue to unfold in cities across the north, south, east and west have reached a point of no return-to-the-way-things-were . The all-too-frequent recorded brutalities and recorded deaths have sparked a determination never seen before in the struggle for freedom, justice and peace.

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