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The Afrobombastic Exhibit

When: Fri., May 18, 6-10 p.m. 2018

At 9:30 last Thursday night, my phone lit up with a message from artist Michelle Gonzalez-Green: "I changed the focus of my exhibit." Then another: "I just had a long convo with a homeless brother. I need to say something more." Gonzalez-Green's new art and design studio and gallery, The584, will be charged with this kind of urgent, quick-response art-making and devoted to creative communities of people of color. This makes Gonzalez-Green's space at 116 East Main Street—named after the South Bronx apartment block that her grandmother lived in for fifty-seven years—the first African-Latina-run art site in downtown Durham. The first show in the new space, The AfroBombastic Exhibit, has its opening reception Friday evening. It includes an African infinity mirror, mixed-media work about Hurricane Maria's impact upon Puerto Rico, ink portraits on lighted butcher paper, and intergalactic ancestral portraits. DJ Yammy will provide the tunes at the opening; keep an eye on the INDY for an upcoming story about this exciting new space. —Chris Vitiello

Price: free

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