Shiny Things

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March 3rd – April 29th, 2023

Shiny Things was presented in recognition and celebration of National Poetry Month. Exploring the intersections of distraction and attraction inherent to boldly asserting ourselves in a world that often prefers us to stay in the shadows, ten artists were anonymously paired, one visual and one literary, to create original work reckoning with what it means to shine–individually and collectively–across identities informed by intersections, contradictions, and communities.

All works presented were new and original, and the show reimagines the traditional ekphrasis by making the process reciprocal rather than one direction. The resulting work contributed to a conversation about thriving versus surviving and seeking brilliance rather than resigning to expectations and the status quo.

For information on the artists and works exhibited, please click here.

Rubber Bands is a curation team consisting of Tayina Deravile, Sheree L. Greer, and Khaulah Naima Nuruddin that presents dynamic visual, literary, and performance art projects. This exhibition was also brought to you in part by @kitchentablearts@poetryfoundation.

Exhibiting Artists

Lizz Straight
Sheree L. Greer
Ciara Hendrix
Dara Mathis

Marie Vickles
Niki Lopez
Khaulah Naima Nuruddin
Sharene Mullings
Erica S. Mohan