Residency Art Gallery | The Ride Back to Black
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A Solo Exhibition by Elizabeth Axtman

7.22 – 9.9.17

About the Exhibit

The Ride Back to Black is an exhibition that explores the perilous journey of Black athletes, entertainers and public figures that attempt to transcend their race to be accepted by the majority (aka “Crossing Over”). The work exhibited attempts to capture the desires and illusions of wanting to belong to something that historically rejects the idea of Blackness in America. The inevitable “Ride Back” back to Blackness is taken when the subject has discovered they are not viewed anymore as manageable, polite, docile, or containable as at the height of their celebrity.

About the Artist

Elizabeth Axtman – Axtman is a multidisciplinary artist who creates works on the complexities of race and humor. She received her BA from San Francisco State University in 2004 and completed her MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. She was also a participant in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing in 2006 Summer Residency Program. She has participated in exhibitions at the Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago, The Studio Museum of Harlem, NYC, The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Kunsthalle Gwangju, Republic of Korea, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts Auckland, New Zealand, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, and The Kitchen, NYC. She has lectured at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of the African Diaspora, DePaul University, and Sarah Lawrence College, and is a recipient of the Skowhegan Endowment for Scholarship Foundation, and Franklin Furnace Fund recipient in 2012. Her work has been reviewed in Art Forum, Art Papers, Houston Chronicle, and her video ‘American Classics’ was used as the lead image for the catalog from the much acclaimed exhibition Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women and the Moving Image Since 1970.