Remixed: Something Ole, Sum Nu Roux
Dorsey's exhibit is part of the University Libraries' Black History Month programming. The colorful and engaging show highlights scenes of African American life in the south.
Najee Dorsey's Remixed: Something Ole, Sum Nu Roux is part of the University Libraries' Black History Month programming for 2016.
Driven by nostalgia and full awareness of his southern roots, the work often highlights well-known events or unsung historical figures.
Dorsey is driven to chronicle moments in black life throughout history because “stories untold are stories forgotten.” His work has been featured at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit, MI, the Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA and the African American Museum in Dallas, TX.
“I'm most interested in the black experience, our history and the culture. My work reflects that experience and I don't run away or have any issues with that,” Dorsey said.
Early in his career, Dorsey opened a creative hub in his hometown of Blytheville, Arkansas. The space functioned as an art gallery, coffee-shop, even a used book store, and served as a launchpad for his shift to full-time artist.
Dorsey also founded Black Art In America (BAIA), a free online media platform for African American artists, collectors, art enthusiasts, and arts professionals. The organization's mission centers on exposure, appreciation, and access for black artists and the network has a monthly virtual reach of 750,000 visitors.
The exhibit is on view in Mullins Library through March and can be viewed anytime the Library is open. Mullins Library's hours are available online at http://libraries.uark.edu/hours/default.asp or contact Martha Guirl-Phillips in the Libraries' Dean's Office at 479-575-6702.
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