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A Special Presentation by Damon Locks

Past, Present, and Future

Jun 10, 2024

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Visual artist, educator, and musician Damon Locks bridges the divide between vintage records; voices of the past; and new, familiar ambient sounds. In his visual work, as much as his work as a music and sound artist, Locks weaves grooves into a sonic loop that collapses time. In celebration of the world premiere of Stokely: The Unfinished Revolution, Damon Locks will share an artist’s response to this new work in conversation with the current exhibition at Blanc Gallery, Frontline Profit: James Baldwin, exploring the parallels between Black history, Black activism, and Black artistry. 

This event is part of the Black Power Series, complementing the world premiere of Stokely: The Unfinished Revolution. All events in the Black Power Series are free and open to the public.

Frontline Prophet: James Baldwin is exhibited at Blanc Gallery from May 25 – June 30. A year-long traveling exhibition featuring the artwork of Detroit-based creative Sabrina Nelson, Frontline consists of more than 40 works on paper and canvas, sketchbooks, installations, and video in celebration of Baldwin’s centennial birthday. These visual and sonic pieces have been culled from the lectures, writings, and social-political themes in Baldwin’s work on critical culture, identity, race, and sexuality. Nelson will collaborate with local visual artists, musical artists, and writers to design dedicated works and programming focused on liberation and justice. Frontline originally opened The Interchurch Center in Harlem in July 2023, and will exhibit in seven cities through August 2024. The exhibition has been co-curated by Ashara Ekundayo and Omo Misha.

June 10, 2024 | Blanc Gallery (4445 S Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago, IL, 60653) | Doors at 6:00pm | Presentation at 6:30pm 

Photo of Damon Locks by Chris Hershman.

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