Exhibitions

Diedrick Brackens: Allegiance

Diedrick Brackens, how to return, courtesy of Various
Small Fires Los Angeles/Seoul
Diedrick Brackens, how to return, woven cotton and acrylic yarn, 2017, courtesy of Various Small Fires Los Angeles/Seoul

From Oct. 25 through Dec. 13, the University Art Gallery will host Allegiance, by Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens, recent winner of the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize from the Studio Museum Harlem. Brackens weaves tapestries of cotton—powerful in his work for its association with the slave trade—that consider the complexities of queer black identity, and the complexities of engaging with a difficult and painful history. Sometimes figurative, sometimes abstract, Brackens’ allusive metaphorical work in Allegiance draws on references to Kente cloth patterns, to bandages, and to flags of all kinds. Brackens will visit campus for a public talk and reception on Nov. 8 at 5 p.m.

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