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VAMA Exhibition- Spiritual Nature: Michael Massenburg

Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 04:00 PM

Please join us for the opening reception for Spiritual Nature, a solo show with Michael Massenburg.

Free & Open to the public!

Michael Massenburg was born in San Diego, raised in South Central Los Angeles, and lives in Inglewood. Michael pursued his studies at California State University, Long Beach, and the Otis School of Art and Design. He began his career at the Watts Towers Arts Center, influenced by the Watts Rebellion, the Black Art Movement of the 1960s, and the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising. With Massenburg interest in historical, cultural, and personal narratives, he would develop his social practice through art making, teaching, lectures, community organizing, and activism for various organizations and causes.

His art process fluctuates between drawing, painting, collage, photography, digital, and assemblage. He incorporated various materials from found objects with traditional practices. Michael has exhibited in galleries, universities, and museums, completed private commissions, and created public art projects throughout the United States and abroad. One of his most recent exhibitions was for the Dak'Art 14th Edition Biennial of Contemporary African Art in Dakar, Senegal. Some of his public art commissions were for Metro, DCA, and the Kia Forum in Inglewood. He received various grants and awards, including the Art Matters Foundation, New York, and California Arts Council. He was recently honored by the city of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs COLA Individual Master Artist Project Grantee for an exhibition for summer 2023.

Artwork by Michael Massenburg

Spiritual Nature

This series entitled “Spiritual Nature" is about the African diaspora experience in the Americas. The journey is about survival and salvation to empowerment. How rituals, cultural and spiritual practices transferred and evolved into our current times. Interest in historical, cultural, and personal narratives has always evoked questions about place in the world. Inspired by travels to Senegal, Haiti, Cuba, and Colombia have helped connect with these communities, in essence, connect the dots. Continued exploration of the African diaspora relates to the Americas from the middle passage when the first enslaved African arrived in 1619 to how it manifests today in the cultural and spiritual realm. This body of work's intention is to speak to that notion. It may  raise more questions to the viewer than answer them. If nothing else but to start the conversation about the African diaspora in North, Central, and South America experience in contemporary life.

Event location: VAMA Gallery - Da Vinci 104

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Hosted by: Visual & Media Arts

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Preger

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