Arturo Lindsay: Celebrating a life in art
About The Artist
After teaching art and art history for 25 years at Spelman College, Dr. Arturo Lindsay retired in December 2015 as Professor Emeritus. He has returned to his studio to create a new body of work exploring the sacro-secular, a theme that has
dominated his art and his scholarship for decades. The renowned contemporary art critic Gerardo Mosquera wrote, “He harmonizes the aura of art with the religious power of the altars to legitimize the history of the marginalized … He identifies hisheroes with angels and archangels in yet another mixture of cultural perspective.”
Lindsay continues to write essays and articles as well as lecture on contemporary art theory and practice with a focus on the African Diaspora at colleges and universities nationwide. Shortly, he will begin a major fundraiser to complete phase 1 of Casa Arturo – Portobelo, a retreat for artists and environmentalists in Portobelo, Panama.
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The title and theme of this exhibition, ARTURO LINDSAY: celebrating a life in art, gives a tantalizing glimpse into over three decades of art making by Atlanta-based artist and scholar Dr. Arturo Lindsay.
For Lindsay, his art is a practice that is steeped in cultural reclamation, communal practice and symbolically charged imagery. The importance of ancestry, ritual, and cultural retention is a constant theme throughout his work. Each of the selected works in the exhibition present a view into the artist’s internal dialogue and results in art framed through the lens of historical, cultural, and social analysis.
Lindsay has this to say about his approach to art and life “My interest in African retentions in the Americas has brought me to an important personal and professional crossroad where the paths of my spiritual, scholarly, and aesthetic journeys meet. As an artist, I use ethnographic research methods to uncover information people use to order their lives, construct identity, and create culture. My research findings are presented in works of art, scholarly articles, essays, and lectures. I am particularly interested in observing the African spiritual and aesthetic presence grounded in the concept of cultural mestizaje--cross-cultural mixing in Latin America.”
Since retiring from Spelman College earlier this year, Lindsay has returned fulltime to the studio. I am excited to present his new work which speaks directly to current issues. The piece … and Savana was not there … this time re-engages his long-standing collaboration with poet Ntozake Shange. The poignant piece is in response to Shange’s poem about the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL, on June 12, 2016; a place that Savana, Shange’s daughter, could easily have gone to that evening to dance. The work is very personal to Lindsay; he has known Savana since she was 3 years old. Other works, Three young black men shot in Virginia (July 12 2016) and The Dallas 5 speak to the violence that has claimed the lives of black men and police officers recently.
Lindsay holds the honor of being Hammonds House first exhibiting artist. For this exhibition, he recreated his 1988 Hammonds House site-specific installation, Ana vive – Ana Lives, memorializing the artist Ana Mendieta from the Ancestral Effigies exhibition. Lindsay’s artworks illustrate the importance of honoring the past, applying its lessons in the present and using art as a vehicle for bringing about positive social change for a yet to-be-imagined future.
As a new chapter unfolds for Lindsay, Hammonds House Museum is pleased to present his new work and re-connect to his rich body of older work.