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Clark-Mendes works selected for Atlanta art exhibit

Dec. 5, 2002

ATLANTA -- Work by Cybele Clark-Mendes, Western Michigan University assistant professor of art, has been selected for a new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta.

The exhibit, "Color, Culture, Complexity," features the work of 18 national artists examining aspects of race. It will be on view through Jan. 19.

The show is co-curated by Ed Spriggs and Dan Talley. Primarily of African and European decent, the artists work in a variety of mediums and styles to grapple with the charged issues that have shaped racial discourse in the United States, especially in the last half of the 20th century.

The exhibit is intentionally eclectic, drawing its strength not from a single curatorial premise illustrated and reiterated by a number of artists, but by a broad cultural question that is answered by a sampling of artists through a wide range of responses. In that sense, the exhibit parallels what might be the most important aspect of race relations in America: the power of the individual voice presenting a persuasive case.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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