Listenings Opening Reception THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 5-7 P.M. at the Block Gallery (222 West Hargett St., Raleigh 27601)
Listenings at the Block Gallery features printmaking by Christopher Williams, photography by Jimmy Williams, and in the 2nd floor cases, oil and acrylic works by Heather Gordon. Highly renowned Music Maker artist, bluesman John Dee Holeman will be performing at the opening reception, and there will be a special screening of Block2 video Reverberation I by Ali Colleen Neff.
Listenings explores the intertwining relationship of sound and sight. Christopher Williams creates stories with graphic screen-printed gig posters for local venues such as Cat’s Cradle and the Pour House. Jimmy Williams’ photographs come from his Music Maker Series, working with the Music Maker Relief Foundation to capture insightful portraits of blues musicians. Heather Gordon’s works examine how the way in which information (analog vs. digital) is presented and influences its meaning, focusing on patriotic songs and national identity for this exhibition.
Airing at Block2 (window of Urban Design Center, 133 Fayetteville St., Raleigh 27601) during Listenings is Reverberation I by Ali Colleen Neff. Reverberation I was filmed in the neighborhood of Guédiawaye located at the edge of Dakar, Senegal and looks at the use of song, speech and performance by individuals, particularly women, of the neighborhood’s Baay Fall Sufi Islamic order amidst a struggling economy. Reverberation I can be seen from dusk to 3 a.m., and Block2 videos are curated by Neill Prewitt. Listenings will be on display February 3 through March 28, 2011.
For more information and updates, contact the Arts Commission at 996-3610 or email Hannah Costner, gallery coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents can also follow the Miriam Preston Block Gallery on Facebook or by visiting www.raleighnc.gov/arts.