February 15, 2012

SUNY Empire State College Celebrates Black History Month with “Breaking Boundaries,” a Mixed Media Exhibition

In celebration of Black History Month, SUNY Empire State College’s Metropolitan Center will host “Breaking Boundaries,” an exhibition by current students and alumni and curated by college faculty mentor Raul Manzano. 

William Saunders piece in "Breaking Boundaries"

The opening reception is Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Livingston Gallery, 177 Livingston St., sixth floor, in downtown Brooklyn. The exhibition will be on display through March 30, Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m., by appointment, by calling 718-907-5740. Admission is free.

Empire State College President Alan R. Davis said, “I am very pleased to support this celebration of Black History Month at the Metropolitan Center. This event speaks of our commitment as an institution to honor, respect and nurture diversity and cultural heritage. More importantly, this exhibition encapsulates the energy and excitement of learning at the college."

Highlights of the Exhibit

Cordell Price piece in "Breaking Boundaries"

  • In a series of documentary photographs of recently discovered African burial grounds, Leslie Arlette Boyce unveils a revealing testimony to common cruelty in Colonial America.
  • Vanessa Moore’s collage of hip hop ambassador Tupac Amaru Shakur highlights the brief life of this iconic symbol of a generation.
  • Sheryl Robin David’s crochet work is a blend of craft and fine arts; her handmade delicate designs give new meanings to this medium.
  • With her poem, “Broken Boundaries,” written for this exhibition, April Simmons shares a story of the resilience and passion that can manifest from a past of boundaries and restrictions.
  • Cordell Price’s print, “My American Flag,” emphasizes the contradiction of freedom and the civil rights struggle to show the progress African Americans have made since times of slavery, though inequality perseveres.
  • Graphic novel and portraiture artist Sean Stefan Sampson celebrates the work of those in the community who raise above and beyond.
  • William Saunders uses his camera as a paintbrush, creating provocative, unconventional yet sophisticated images.

Leslie Arlette Boyce piece in "Breaking Boundaries"

  “‘Breaking Boundaries’ is the fusion of Empire State College’s artistic talents in celebration of Black History month. The artists in their own visual expression portray personal or collective experiences to share the spirit of Black America. Breaking Boundaries is freedom, and freedom is a desirable human condition that each person is entitled to,” says Manzano.

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations across the state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more. For additional information, visit www.esc.edu.

 (Directions: #2,3 trains to Hoyt Street or A,C,G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets.)