Exhibition Opening: Wendel White | Manifest (Nebraska)
New Jersey-based artist Wendel White photographs objects, documents and images that relate to the history of African Americans in slavery, the abolition of slavery, Reconstruction and the Civil Rights era. These photos relate directly to the history of black Omaha, extending and complicating the rhetoric surrounding contemporary racial issues. Opening Reception: Saturday, November 08 | 6:00 - 8:00pm Artist Talk: Saturday, November 08 | 7:00pm White created the photographs in this portfolio with a large format, film-based camera placed very close to the subject. The subjects of his photographs include objects, documents, photographs and books stored in cases and file cabinets as treasured historical artifacts. The outcome of this effort transformed the usually small and often fragile remnants of the struggle for freedom and equality into images larger in scale than the original subjects. The artist photographed these artifacts while an Artist-in-Residence at the Bemis Center in 2011, during which time he was granted access to collections at the Great Plains Black History Museum, the Douglas County Historical Society, the Nebraska State Historical Society, the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, the Brownville Historical Society and the Durham Museum during his residency.
2416 Lake, Omaha, NE 68111