Mutual Admiration: A Talk with Theda Sandiford and Cheryl R. Riley

Mutual Admiration: A Talk with Theda Sandiford and Cheryl R. Riley

For the upcoming exhibition, Each One Teach One: Preserving Legacy in Perpetuity, artists Theda Sandiford and Cheryl R. Riley discuss their artwork and their mentor/mentee relationship. See the video below for the behind-the-scenes discussion.

The artists included in the exhibition speak to their experiences in their own words, translating what can be seen in the power of their art into a narrative that shines a light on the importance of the mentor/mentee relationship. Well-known ATA artists such as Danny Simmons, Ben F. Jones, Gladys Barker Grauer, David Driskell, Willie Cole, and Norman Lewis have all participated in this reciprocal relationship. Featuring sculptural works, paintings, fiber arts, collage, and more this exhibition explores another dimension of Black art and artistry, emphasizing the importance of legacy, community, and the profound impact it has on the arts.

The exhibition opens Friday, March 17 and runs through August 27, 2023.

Image Captions: Cheryl R. Riley; James Baldwin totem – Giovanni’s Room III, 2006; Mahogany and alderwood, monarch butterfly, resin, round head upholstery tacks, various beads, 18K gold leafing, krylon pen ink, golden powder; 14″ H x 12″ W x 8″ D.
 Theda Saniford; Bottle Cap Pearls, 2021; Single use bottle caps strung on polyurethane ropes and blue and white rope strands draped and knotted onto an antique ladder; 92″ x 28″ x 16”.

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