'Identity' multimedia exhibition to evoke impact of slavery's scars

SUNY Oswego master of art candidate Mark Taitt will display digital print portraits in “Identity,” a Tyler Art Gallery exhibition starting Friday, March 28, that uses multiple media to pose the question, “Are slavery’s scars still with us?”

A free public artist’s reception will take place at 5 p.m. March 28 in Tyler Art Galley on the SUNY Oswego campus. The exhibition will run through April 17.

Mark Taitt working on art pieceTaitt’s Master of Art Exhibition—which will include audio and projected imagery—derives its message from historic images in the New York Public Library collection. The Brooklyn native, inspired by the death of Trayvon Martin, altered and personalized these photos of slavery’s victims for “Identity.”

Taitt also received bachelor’s degrees in studio art and public relations at Oswego.

Using light to create halo-like effects, Taitt said in an artist’s statement that he “seeks to resurrect, glorify and elevate (the) anonymous subjects who were victims of slavery and its sanctioned physical abuse.”

A companion show, “Generations IV: A Master of Arts in Teaching Exhibition,” opens Friday, March 14, and runs through April 17.

Tyler Art Gallery is open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays when classes are in session. Parking for those without a current SUNY Oswego parking permit is $1. For more information, visit www.oswego.edu/administration/parking.

For more information about SUNY Oswego exhibitions, contact the art department at 315-312-2112 or Michael Flanagan, gallery director, at michael.flanagan@oswego.edu.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Slavery’s price—Mark Taitt, a SUNY Oswego master of art candidate, will present “Identity,” a multimedia exhibition centering on digital print portraits of slavery’s victims, drawn from the New York Public Library’s historic collection, from March 28 to April 17 in Tyler Art Gallery on the SUNY Oswego campus.

(Posted: Mar 05, 2014)

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