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1960s art show reimagined in Wilmington

Aug 3, 2017

A new exhibition celebrating an African American artist collective opens at the Delaware Contemporary this August.

In 1965, a group of artists in New York City came together for a month-long exhibition called Spiral. The group asked questions about what it's like to be a Black artist in America.

Delaware Contemporary Curator Katherine Page said the museum’s new show Spiral, Recoil continues to ask those questions.

"'What does it mean to be an artist? What does it mean to be a black artist? What does it mean to be an artists in contemporary culture?'" Page said.

"And of course that begs the question, 'How far have we come? And has there been a change?' And many people might answer that and say, 'No, so much more needs to happen.'"

Spiral, Recoil builds on the original show with modern paintings, sculpture, photography, performances and video.

Page said unlike the original Spiral  show in the 60s, Spiral, Recoil features female artists of color.

It’s curated by Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell.

The show opens Friday August 4 and runs through October 29 in Wilmington.