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More Than That: Exhibition at Flaten Art Museum
February 8 - April 14
Guest curator Roberto Lugo knows the frustration of being artistically pigeonholed by the color of his skin. More Than That: Diversity within Diversity brings together artists of color working in a multiplicity of genres and forms that defy cultural expectations frequently imposed upon artists of color. Lugo explains, “the artists invited not only represent artists of color currently working in ceramics, but the diversity of discourse taking place within our communities.” Presented concurrently with the 53rd annual NCECA conference in Minneapolis, Minn., this exhibition embodies Claytopia’s conception of a “restless yearning for a more livable, just and meaningful world.” Exhibiting artists include Paul Briggs, Syd Carpenter, Morel Doucet, Ezenwa, Courtney Leonard, Roberto Lugo, Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Sana Musasama, Autumn Wallace, and Diego Valles. Creating socially engaged work, these artists push the field of ceramics to participate with the communities in which artists find themselves.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Glen H. and Shirley Beito Gronlund Annual Exhibition Series Fund, St. Olaf College.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Roberto Lugo is an American potter, social activist, spoken word poet, and educator. Lugo’s work draws together hip-hop, history and politics into formal ceramics and 2D works. Born in Kensington, Philadelphia to Puerto Rican parents, Lugo began his career as a graffiti artist before discovering ceramics. Lugo holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Penn State. He has exhibited internationally and has work in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and more.