Surrealist explores the African Diaspora
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 27, 2023) — The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College is pleased to present “Solo(s): Krista Franklin” a new exhibition opening July 28, featuring a selection of the artist’s collages, books, poetry, and sound works from the past 20 years.
Chicago-based artist Krista Franklin (American, b. 1970), a surrealist at heart, creates collages from the text and images of printed matter she collects. Franklin collaborates with fellow artists, writers, and musicians, drawing on a vast range of materials, including poetry, books, music, and vintage magazine culture to explore the dynamic histories of the African Diaspora.
“Franklin’s incisive work connects the mystical, metaphysical, and spiritual ideas found in genres of science fiction and fantasy to the contemporary moment,” said Curator of Contemporary Art, Katja Rivera. “Her work proposes possibilities for Black culture by drawing on the resonances of Afro-diasporic histories.”
DePaul’s Associate Curator Ionit Behar said: “The word ‘solo’ often refers to the performance of a single musician that is part of an ensemble. A jazz solo, for instance, is both improvisational and structured at the same time, and it works like a story with a beginning, middle, and end. In Krista’s exhibition, the title highlights the artist’s commitment to collaboration with fellow artists, writers, and musicians—an integral part of her practice.”
“Solo(s): Krista Franklin” is organized by DePaul Art Museum and curated by Ionit Behar, Associate Curator. At the DePaul Art Museum, generous support for this exhibition has been provided in part by the Poetry Foundation, Jennifer and Sebastian Campos, Shar and Ellen Afshar, Michael McVickar and Brian Westphal, Joseph and Helen Cesarik, Manuel Juarez, Robert Karpinski and Gregory Weil, Megan Hammond, and Gloria Talamantes. At the Fine Arts Center the exhibition is generously supported by The Anschutz Foundation and Colorado Creative Industries.
In Conversation: Krista Franklin and Ionit Behar
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023 at 6 p.m.
Please join us for a conversation with the artist and the curator for an in-depth view of the works featured in the exhibition. Free and open to the public. Reservations requested.
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