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Folk Art Exhibitions and Film Screening Focus on Perspectives about Disability

June 1, 2012

Syracuse University is hosting a summer art exhibition that features two fascinating artists who offer different and refreshing perspectives that explore the effects of disability on their separate life journeys.

Both exhibitions will run from June 2 to August 4 at the Syracuse University Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse, New York. The exhibitions will feature North Carolina Central University professor and acclaimed artist Beverly McIver and California-based artist and activist Spencer McClay.

McIver and McClay cope with disability in different capacities. McIver is a caregiver for her sister who has epilepsy and an intellectual disability. McClay is a weaver who has a developmental disability. Both artists create pieces that speak to the varied, personal emotions of their experiences.

As part of the exhibition, there will be a screening of the film, "Raising Renee," on July 26 at 6:30 p.m. The film is the story of acclaimed artist Beverly McIver and her promise to take care of her sister Renee when their mother dies a promise that comes due just as Beverly's career is taking off. Renee is a person with epilepsy and an intellectual disability.

"The Unexpected Journey: Works by Beverly McIver"
This exhibition includes is a selection of paintings that chronicle her unpredictable and "unexpected" life with her sister, Renee. McIver became Renee's legal guardian when their mother passed away in 2004. Her works often depict their relationship and delve into the emotional and personal aspects of their journey. McIver's work is very emotional and intimate.

"How I See the World: Works by Spencer McClay"
This exhibition includes a collection of vibrant hand-woven wall sculptures by an artist with a unique vision and sensibility for the materials he uses. McClay creates striking multi-textured, colorful pieces that are a blend of craft and artistry. He draws inspiration from his upbringing in New Orleans, and often incorporates recycled materials into his works. This will be McClay's debut showing in New York.

For more information:
Community Folk Art Center
A program of the African American Studies Department
in the College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University
805 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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