The William Turner Gallery celebrated an exhibition of exquisite new work by Mark Steven Greenfield on April 30, 2022. The exhibition took place during Bergamot’s Spring Fling event – CLICK HERE for more info about the event.
Presenting an amazing cast of historical black figures, most of whom were legendary and mythic characters in their time, but have been nearly lost to the vagaries and biases of history as seen through a white lens. With Halo, Greenfield brings the stories of Black folk-saints, martyrs, freedom-fighters, survivors, magicians, and visionaries back into view. Many of the figures are from the 1400-1800s, a timeframe that corresponds with Europeans beginning to use racial distinction as a tool to justify slavery. Greenfield honors their simultaneously disturbing and astounding lives by bestowing them with halos, traditionally seen as reverential symbols of adoration and respect. “I am reimagining what a saint is,” Greenfield says. “Maybe in studying their stories, they can inform us on better ways to live.”
On view: April 30 – July 9, 2022
What: “Mark Steven Greenfield: HALO”
Where: William Turner Gallery, E1, Bergamot 2525 Michigan Ave., SM, 90404