Mize Gallery is pleased to present dreams deferred: works inspired by Black History, opening on February 8th, 2019. This show includes mixed media works by artists from the Tampa Bay area as well as Detroit, New York City, and Richmond, Virginia.

The title was selected from the Langston Hughes poem titled Harlem as a way for artists to reflect on this history. Our intention is to provide a venue for the artists and our community to have a dialogue around the state of racial relations within St. Petersburg. We look to amplify and provide space for marginalized peoples to express themselves as they choose. Our hope is to celebrate the legacy of African American greatness.

Hughes asked about dreams deferred in 1951, in an America divided by race and Jim Crow laws. African Americans did not have the same opportunities as white Americans. Yet with each question, Hughes does not let the dream die. It may turn into something unpleasant, but it does not cease to exist. The last question posed in the poem considers if the dream could explode and thus change everything surrounding it. Sixty-seven years later is there an answer to the question? Did the dream explode and bring change?

Twenty artists including Courtney Alexander, Carrie Boucher & the Justice Studio Creatives, Perry deVick, Tamesha Kirkland, iBoms, Kelly U. Johnson, Tenea Johnson, Ajamu Kojo, Valincy-Jean Patelle, Joshua Pearson, Calan Ree & Marquise Russ, Marcus Rogers, Erika Schnur, Sleep, Zulu Painter, and others will present their individual perspectives on Black History. As American history has institutionally been retold by white America, this is an opportunity to further the dialogue and allow more voices to be heard.

The gallery will be donating its profits to the Neighborhood Association of Childs Park.

www.mychildspark.webs.com

Langston Hughes Harlem
-published in the 1951 collection titled Montage of a dream deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

 
 
 

Dream Warrior

CALAN REE & MARQUISE RUSS
St. Petersburg, FL

Ceramic with Mixed Media
$600

 

Imago Dei

JOSHUA DEASE
Ocala, FL

Ink on Bristol
SOLD

 

If You're Not Careful

JOSHUA T. PEARSON
Tampa, FL

Mixed Media on Panel
$500

 

On Loan from the Freedom Collection (Future Artifacts Series)

TENEA D. JOHNSON
St. Petersburg, FL

Photo/Future History
SOLD

 

1967

SLEEP
Detroit, MI

Mixed Media
$300

 

The Assassination of Fred Hampton

ERIKA SCHNUR
Lutz, FL

Mixed Media on Canvas
$250

 

a moment

MARCUS ROGERS
St. Petersburg, FL

Acrylic, Paper & Ink on Canvas
$825


 

COMPLEX

iBOMS
St. Petersburg, FL

Mixed Media on Panel
SOLD

 

I AM A WOMAN

ERIKA SCHNUR
Lutz, FL

Photography with Ink Stamps
$200

 

Various Paintings from "FROM DUST TO ONYX" Series

COURTNEY ALEXANDER
Tampa, FL

Mixed Media Collage
Prints $150
Originals NFS

 

Pinocchio explaining how racism doesn't exist.

ZULU PAINTER
St. Petersburg, FL

Mixed Media
Left $300 /// Right SOLD

 

Stepping Over Lines

KELLY U. JOHNSON
Richmond, VA

Acrylic/Mixed Media on Canvas
$575

 

F.W. Woolworth's 1960 / What We Ask Is Simple ... Impartial Service For All

TAMESHA KIRKLAND
Tampa, FL

Charcoal on Paper
$500

 

Dreams Deferred

CARRIE BOUCHER & THE JUSTICE STUDIO CREATIVES
Clearwater, FL

Mixed Media
$300

100% of the proceeds from the sale of this piece go to programs for at-risk youth:

Justice Studio is the in-house studio art program at the Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center located in Clearwater, FL.

 

BALDWINS NIGGER

AJAMU KOJO
Brooklyn, NY

Pastel, Charcoal & Gold on Paper
$2100

 

 

Jemison. Wilson. Higginbotham. Cagle. Epps. Watkins.

PERRY deVICK
St. Petersburg, FL

Oil on Panel
SOLD

 

bäd?•bod•y

VALINCY-JEAN PATELLI
Brooklyn, NY

Plastic & Paper on Wood Panel
$2600

 

1943

SLEEP
Detroit, MI

Mixed Media
$300

 
 
 
 
 
 

dreams deferred curated by Erin Hughes and Chad Mize

Contact info@chadmize.com for purchase.