Hammonds House Museum

Black: Towards an Afro-Cosmological Understanding



pellom mcdaniels, III

November 17 - january 7, 2018



This work centers around understanding the complexities of identity construction for people of African descent throughout American history, especially African American males. Works on paper and on wood using acrylic paint, fabric, glue, paper, and oil stick reflect the artist's thinking from the election of President Barack Obama in 2008 to the Charlottesville protest in the summer of 2017. Black: Towards an Afro-Cosmological Understanding is his attempt to decouple blackness from whiteness while simultaneously creating empowering imagery associated with the African continent to render European and American ideas about race powerless.  Curated by Leatrice Ellzy Wright.

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pellom mcdaniels,III

Atlanta-based artist Pellom McDaniels, III is best known for his work as a scholar, historian, and curator of African American collections at Emory University. He is the author of Porter, Steward, Citizen: An African American's Memoir of World War I (2017), The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy (2013) and has contributed essays to anthologies such as Before Jackie Robinson: The Transcendent Role of Black Sports Pioneers (2017), The Olympics and Philosophy (2012), and All Stars and Movie Stars: Sports in Film History (2010). His first screenplay titled The Prince of Jockeys has been optioned and is in pre-production.