New Americans is a stylized, contemporary examination of images emerging from a specific period in American history – a collection of portraits rendered after 19th century tintypes, Daguerreotypes and ambro types. Through slavery, Black people were forced to play an integral role in the birth and cultivation of the United States. After the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th, 14th & 15th Amendments or ‘Reconstruction Amendments,’ and the end of the American Civil War in 1865, the condition of slavery was replaced with cultural, economical, moral and legal oppression. At the beginning of that century of struggle, there was a spark, a progression had started, and a comprehension of personhood, citizenship, self worth and self-respect had begun. New Americans intends to glorify that new age, focus in on the hope, and potential freedom and happiness many former slaves and previously freed Black Citizens saw ahed of themselves after The Civil War. This work is not meant to tell a comprehensive history but is instead an idealized history, a life that should have been opportune to all, but only seen by a few..
2013 – 2014 Dittmar Gallery Exhibits
- 9/9-10/20: AWAY FROM HOME: by Eun-Kyung Suh
- 10/25-12/10: THE INSTITUTE FOR ENCYCLOPEDIA AMALGAMATION: by J Thomas Pallas
- 1/10-2/9: HUB: by Amanda Burnham
- 2/15-3/28: BITTERSWEET HARVEST
- 4/4-5/11: NEW AMERICANS: OUR MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT & SOCIAL ELEVATION: by Jason Patterson
- 5/16-6/12: NORTHWESTERN ART THEORY & PRACTICE SENIOR EXHIBITION
- 6/16-7/6: THE BEAT GOES ON: THE EVOLUTION OF HOUSE MUSIC IN CHICAGO:
by Lauren G Lowery and Charles Matlock
- 7/10-8/12: SCULPTURES AND PREPARATORY WORKS: by Michael Ferris Jr.