Artist Mario Moore asks, "Is it ever possible to truly rest?" Episode 801/Segment 1.
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A Student’s Dream
by Wayne Northcross
In contemporary art, portraits of black men by black artists are rare, their inner lives hidden, their subjectivity overshadowed by the realities of race in America. A few notable exhibitions have changed that. In 1994, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Thelma Golden curated Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art. This explosive exhibition explored the social and cultural history of the black male body in contemporary art and media after the Civil Rights era. Since that time, artists like Lorna Simpson, Barkley Hendricks, and Glenn Ligon have opened up the idea of blackness or black identity, exposing the viewer and the public to a black body contextualized not only by race and history but also by sexuality, gender and class.
Mario Moore is an heir to the legacy of Black Male, and one of its most dynamic, young standard-bearers. With a painting practice based in figurative realism, Moore teases out complex and psychological transactions between himself in the positions of artist, subject and viewer through contemporary interpretations of black male identity and the history of Western painting. His new exhibition, Recovery, at the David Klein Gallery in Detroit, explores the idea of the black male body at rest.Read More
Rising painter Mario Moore’s latest solo exhibition, “Recovery”, is a thought-provoking study of an emotional walkthrough of his recent journey back to health after undergoing an awake neurological surgery. Taking place in the artist’s hometown of Detroit, at David Klein Gallery on June 30, the stirring show features works of silverpoint drawings, large-scale oil paintings on canvas and copper, and video to explore themes surrounding the treatment of black male bodies in America, in art and medicine.Read More
Mario Moore (Photo credit: Danielle Lyle)
Detroit native Mario Moore’s “US IS THEM” exhibit at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is “challenging attendees’ perceptions on subjects surrounding politics, religion and racism, while simultaneously telling stories through traditional and non-traditional art platforms.”
The “US IS THEM” exhibit at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan is challenging attendees’ perceptions on subjects surrounding politics, religion and racism, while simultaneously telling stories through traditional and non-traditional art platforms.
Check out the full article that features my work along with several inspiring artists working today ivoh.org
Hailing from the motor city, visual artist and painter Mario Moore is an artistic force of nature. In Episode 2 of artAmerica, host Keshida Layone sits down with Mario at the prestigious Harlem School of the Arts to discuss his artistic journey and creative process.
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I really enjoyed the new direction they are taking at the Harlem School of the Arts. The new gallery is amazing. Take some time and listen to the discussion I had with HSA Visual Arts Director Jonathan Patton.