Don’t Bring No Bad News
Michael Platt, Harlee Little, Kasha Stewart + Kim Johnson
Curated by Barbara Blanco
April 28 – May 21, 2006
Throughout history the visual narrative of the African American experience has focused on negative and derogatory imagery. Don’t Bring No Bad News, the latest exhibition at the District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC), attempts to defy this narrative using photographic accounts that reveal the spirit, hope, and joy that shine through the darkness of the popular portrayal of the African American.
Curated by Barbara Blanco, Don’t Bring No Bad News gathers the work of four local artists who collectively attempt to tell the story of the black experience in Washington, D.C. using strikingly vivid photography. Harlee Little, Kim Johnson, Michael Platt, and Kasha Stewart, all members of The Black Artists of DC, will be featured in the exhibition.
Blanco is a fine art photographer based in Washington, D.C. who has devoted her self-taught skills to exhibits for The Graham Collection, The Black Artists of D.C., four one-woman shows, and over twenty premier gallery exhibits in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metro areas. Blanco has also served as a member of the Art Selection Committee at the Anne Arundel Community College, as well as a board member for the Urban Artists Coalition, and organization that partners professional artists with under-privileged youth.
The exhibit entitled, “Don’t Bring No Bad News”, will focus on positive imagery that reflects the African American experience. It captures our spirit, our hopes, our joy, our laughter, our faith and the inspiration we encounter everyday in our lives.