Route to (Re)settlement


  • Mann-Simons Site 1403 Richland Street Columbia, SC, 29201 United States

Exhibition Series: Beginning the Conversation at The Mann- Simons Site

Henry Taylor, The “We” Hours, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 73 1/2 x 131 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

Henry Taylor, The “We” Hours, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 73 1/2 x 131 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

You are cordially invited to the public opening of Route to (re)settlement on Sunday, May 1, 4-6 PM at the Mann-Simons Site (1403 Richland Street, Columbia, SC).

Exhibiting Artists - Rashid Johnson, Henry Taylor, Michi Meko, Victorian—Idongesit Udondian, and Fletcher Williams III

Columbia, SC – Historic Columbia, Palmetto Curatorial Exchange, and Connelly & Light are pleased to announce the launch of Route to (re)settlement, a four-year exhibition series examining narrative shifts surrounding Black communities in South Carolina - a state which has served as the major gateway between Africa and “African America” - and the permeation of these narratives and related multifaceted heritage throughout America.

By honoring southern Black oral histories and narrative patterns in music, food, textiles, spiritualism, and other cultural customs, the works in this installment of Route to (re)settlement are positioned within the lineage of White paternalistic narratives imposed upon Black communities and individuals.

In addition to examining material manifestations of Black heritage, the interaction between the works and the Mann-Simons site encourages interracial dialogue about the site’s history as a center of temporal, cultural, and spiritual sustenance for its community for almost 200 years. The site also invites participating artists to consider racial constructs embedded in the socio-political systems of postcolonial and post-abolitionist Africa and America, respectively.

With South Carolina as the nucleus of this ongoing exhibition - incorporating various sites specific to Black communities for three centuries - two patterns emerge when prompting discourse around the exhibition’s themes and the influx of Africans into America: historically enslaved and contemporary migration related to modern conflict as well as seeking education and job opportunities.

The exhibition’s inaugural installment will run from May 1 - August 1, 2016 at the Mann-Simons Site in Columbia, South Carolina. Curated by Cecelia Stucker of CC: Curating & Collections and cocurated by Kimberly Light of Connelly & Light, the Mann-Simons Site iteration will feature works by acclaimed artists Rashid Johnson and Henry Taylor, alongside up-and-coming artists, Michi MekoVictorian—Idongesit Udondian, and Fletcher Williams, III.

Visitors can view Route to (re)settlement for the duration of the exhibition at the Mann-Simons Site (1403 Richland Street, Columbia, SC) on Thursday-Saturday from 1-4PM and by appointment.

Preceding the opening of Route to (re)settlement, Los Angeles-based Henry Taylor will be inresidence at Melrose School of Art completing his “Palmetto Portrait Sessions;” while Nigerian artist Victoria-Idongesit Udondian and Charleston quilter Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook will conduct a community quilting workshop with residents of Marion Street High-rise at Mann-Simons Site.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call +1(803)252-1770 extension 23.

Palmetto Curatorial Exchange is an arts initiative that aims to increase accessibility to the arts for underserved publics, nurture the network of arts organizations in South Carolina, and cultivate the next generation of arts professionals studying in the state.

For additional information, please contact the Palmetto Curatorial Exchange at: pce@curatingandcollections.com or visit us online at http://www.curatingandcollections.com/Palmetto-Curatorial-Exchange.