Race, Identity and the 'American Cypher'
See the U.S.A. through DNA
Mendi and Keith Obadike’s “American Cypher” investigates the intersection between DNA and contemporary understandings of race and the American identity. The multimedia installation takes its cues from five narratives in which DNA and identity become thematic. The infamous Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings affair, President Obama’s celebrated genetic background, Oprah and James Watson all figure prominently in the exhibition.
“American Cypher” opens on Thursday, April 3, from 6-8 p.m. with a 20-minute performance by Mendi +Keith at 7 p.m. The suite will be on display until May 18, at INOVA/Kenilworth Square East, 2155 N. Prospect Ave.
Portrait Society Gallery
207 E. Buffalo St., Fifth Floor
Historically speaking, the pineapple has not been the artist’s preferred fruit. Perhaps the abundance of symmetrical leaves just becomes tedious to paint. Fitting then that the “23 Pineapples” on display now until April 15 at Portrait Society Gallery, are all photographs. Not only does the exhibition contribute fodder for research concerning the pineapple in contemporary art, the show will also donate its proceeds to the Hunger Task Force, thereby transforming representations of food into actual food. Ceci est un ananas! The gallery is open Thursday-Saturday 1-5 p.m. with a reception on Friday, April 4, from 6-9 p.m.
Senior Art Majors Thesis Exhibition and Art Student Union Spring Exhibition
120 N. East Ave. and 238 N. East Ave.
If you’ve been debating making the trip to Waukesha, April 6 through 17 is an opportune time to visit Carroll University. During those twelve fugitive days, the institution will mount two major exhibitions. The Paddock Bliss Gallery is to be bedecked with the thesis exhibition of senior art majors. The opening day reception from 3-5 p.m. is an ideal time to meet and greet the young lions of the art world. The Marceil Pultorak Atrium Gallery will hold “Carroll Art Student Union Spring Exhibition.” The juried mixed-media show will have a reception on Thursday, April 10, from 4-6 p.m.