Sept. 23 – Dec. 3, 2010 Opening reception: Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m.

September 23, 2010 07:00 PM to December 03, 2010 08:00 PM 
The Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum
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Multimedia artist Kendall Messick’s acclaimed exhibition Corapeake will be featured in the Stone Center’s Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery this fall. Beginning with a brief talk and reception on September 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m., the collection of 46 black and white silver gelatin photographs, a continuously running documentary film, and a collection of ephemera chronicles the memories and community traditions of the predominantly elderly, African-American citizens of Corapeake, North Carolina, a bucolic village nestled at the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp.

The exhibition is presented as pages from the mixed media journals Messick kept during the seven year project. The sequencing of the images thematically follows the circle of life from cradle to grave. Many of the photographs include handwritten stories that expand upon the subjects of the images.

Messick is an artist who utilizes photography and film to capture intimate stories that would otherwise go unheard. From Corapeake toThe Projectionist, an exhibition about a man who dedicated his life to pursuing a dream of owning a movie palace, Messick is drawn to the stories of aging, often overlooked individuals. The experiences reflected by his art transcend the storyteller, resonating with audiences from all walks of life.

Messick studied at the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and was the still photographer for the acclaimed documentary video There is No Such Word as Can’t (1998). The Corapeake film was Messick’s first documentary as director and was completed in 2001. After winning several film festival awards, Corapeake was a featured broadcast on PBS affiliates throughout the country. The film was also named a United States preselection finalist for INPUT 2003, which showcases the best of public television programming from around the world. Messick’s photographs are in numerous public and private collections including the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Corapeake will be on display through December 3. The gallery is open Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Contact the Stone Center at (919) 962-9001 about guided group tours or for more information about the exhibition.

Exhibit Hours:

Monday-Friday – 10 am – 8 pm

Closed University holidays

This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of friends of The Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum, Charles Weinraub, Emily Kass, and Michelle Thomas (‘93). The Brown Gallery serves as an exhibition space for the critical examination of the art and history of the African diaspora and of Africa.

For more information, please contact:
stonecenter@unc.edu
(919) 962-9001