Friday, October 16, 2015

Implicit Bias-- Seeing the Other: Seeing Our Self

September 18 - December 5, 2015

Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: Friday, September 18, 7-9pm
Curator & Artists' Talk Saturday, October 17 at 3:30pm

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in proud partnership with all six Busboys and Poets locations will unveil IMPLICIT BIAS - Seeing the Other: Seeing Our Self. Curated by Shanti Norris and Carol Dyson, the exhibition features over 45 artists from the entire east coast region including Holly Bass, Leslie Berns, Alex Braden, Tim Davis, Nehemiah Dixon, III, Justyne Fischer, Shaunt'e Gates, David Ibata, Rose Jaffe, Jeffery Kent, William Larkins fromlorton Art Program, Tim Okamura, Manuel Palacio, Herberth Romero, Gwenn Seemel, Ann Stoddard, Eric Telfort, Raphael Warshaw, Omolara Williams McCallister, and Helen Zughaib.

Artists exhibiting at Busboys and Poets include: Salama Arden, Cedric Baker, Leslie Berns, Gina Bowersmith, Summer Brown, Travis Childers, Hebron Chism, larissa Danielle, Nehemiah Dixon, III, Duly Noted Painters, Phoebe Farris PH.D, Adrienne Gaither, Aziza Gibson Hunter, Winston Harris, Courtnee Hawkins, David Ibata, Rose Jaffe, Jeffery Kent, Aselin Lands, Pamela Lawton, Marla McLean, Gringoh, Manuel Palacio, Darien Reece, Herbert Romero, Melina Sapiano, Gwenn Seemel, Shani Shih, Elka Stevens, Eric Telfort, Kim Thorpe, Raphael Warshaw, Will Watson, Jennifer Weigel, Curtis Woody,  and Helen Zughaib..
IMPLICIT BIAS: A subtle attitude or belief that often lies beneath our conscious awareness. This underlying behavior can subliminally cause stereotypical and sometimes unjust associations to form when relating with people of a different cultural background. IMPLICIT BIAS may also cause an unconsciously prejudice decision-making process towards policy and other institutional methodology.

"Maybe, we now realize the way racial bias can infect us, even when we don't realize it. So we are guarding against, not just racial slurs, but we are also guarding against the subtle impulse to call Johnny back for a job interview, but not Jamal." - President Barack Obama's Charleston eulogy at the funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney

We are living in important and dangerous times, where racial bias has stepped into a place that can no longer be ignored. IMPLICIT BIAS - Seeing the Other: Seeing Our Self is an exhibition strives to reflect these serious matters with honesty, integrity, and an urgency these times deserve. The exhibition will not solely depict an introspective view of Bias, but extends to more prevalent matters, such as injustice in all its forms: police, judicial, education, voting rights, and urban planning for example.
IMPLICIT BIAS - Seeing the Other: Seeing Our Self will be on view from September 18 - December 5, 2015, with the Opening Reception on Friday, September 18th, 7-9pm.
And mark your calendars for the following special events:
Media Rise Festival 2015: Problematic Perspectives WorkshopHosted by Media Rise, and featuring Smith Center Co-Founder & Executive Director and co-curator of IMPLICIT BIAS - Seeing the Other: Seeing Our Self, Shanti Norris, join us at 12pm on Thursday, October 1st for Problematic Perceptions, a workshop in which participants discuss how media shapes their perceptions about people of color.
Implicit Bias Curator & Artists' TalkJoin us on at 3:30pm on Saturday, October 17th for the IMPLICIT BIAS Curator & Artists' Talk, hosted by Sheldon Scott, for a rare opportunity to hear the featured artists speak about this important exhibition.
"Code Switching" with Kelly King: As a part of IMPLICIT BIAS - Seeing the Other: Seeing Our Self, join us at 6:30pm on Thursday, October 22nd for the "Code Switching", a moving dialogues workshop with Contradiction Dance and Kelly King.
"Sightless Party" Hosted by Holly Bass and Micah John: Friday, November 13th, 7-9pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm, and by appointment.
Please note: The gallery will be CLOSED on the following Saturdays, September 26 and October 24. The gallery will also be CLOSED Thursday, November 27 through Saturday, November 29 for Thanksgiving.
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is located at 1632 U Street, in Northwest DC
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