Intersections: Dianne Smith

Mr. Ebisa Mulata and Mrs. Beleteshachew Mulata
Thu, 08/25/2016 - Sun, 10/23/2016
Fuller Gallery

Using the Langston Hughes poem I, Too as a point of departure, Harlem-based artist Dianne Smith showcases a series of reflections by Allentown residents on the lived experience of “I, too, sing America.” The photographic portaits and oral histories on display in Fuller Gallery were created during Dianne's spring–summer residency with a goal of fostering a deeper sense of understanding and trust between the community and the Museum. For this part of her multifaceted Intersections project, Dianne interviewed business owners and residents about their experiences moving to and living in Allentown. The resulting photos and videos comprise the part of Intersections on display in the Museum.

Portrait of Joshua

In addition to the Museum, two other locations in Allentown also are displaying artwork created by Dianne and the Allentown community in conjunction with Intersections. RE:find Gallery 724 is showing the photography of fourth graders from Central Elementary School who were given cameras and instructed by Dianne on how to use them to explore the neighborhood around the school. Also at 724 are collages created by participants in her public workshops, who described, analyzed, and interpreted artworks in the Museum’s collection. At RE:find Gallery on the Walk (Arts Walk near Seventh Street), Dianne has installed a show of her own artworks, including a fiber installation and collages. Of this component of the Intersections project, Dianne says, “My site-specific installations tackle notions of identity, race, politics, and transformation.... The idea is always to create a space that the viewer can interact and engage with.” Both RE:find Gallery exhibits continue through September 11.

For more on the RE:find Gallery exhibits, click here.

The long-term artist-in-residency program is part of the Museum's HeARThstone Project

Photo by Alberto, student at Central Elementary School



One of the collages that will be on dispay at RE:find Gallery 724 through September 11

This project has been supported through the generosity of the Harry C. Trexler Trust, the Century Fund, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and our Museum Friends.