Terrault will still be holding its opening for ANOTHER COUNTRY as of 3/12/20
Please see the bottom of this page for full statement regarding precautions and COVID-19
Terrault is pleased to announce its next exhibition ANOTHER COUNTRY, curated by Teri M. Henderson, opening on Friday, March 13th 7-10PM. We are humbled to announce that Terrault will be closing its doors and are overjoyed to host ANOTHER COUNTRY as our final endeavor in our space.
ANOTHER COUNTRY is a group exhibition that aims to highlight the work of artists that directly embody the elements of the Afro-Surreal. It specifically focuses on the making of worlds and the reclamation of what Black art is in times of turbulence and disruption. ANOTHER COUNTRY explores Afro-Surrealism; an aesthetic framework which serves as what Suzanne Césaire described as “the tightrope of our hope” – and in this show builds a bridge between the sacred and the profane. “The Afro-Surreal presupposes that beyond this visible world, there is an invisible world striving to manifest, and it is our job to uncover it.” The artists in this exhibition excavate realities that are both adjacent and beyond; using video, sculpture and photography to uncover meanings and unearth truths often unseen.
ANOTHER COUNTRY transforms Terrault Gallery into a space filled with the work of Black creators and seeks to manifest another reality that is distinct and beautifully separate from the one in which we primarily inhabit. As D. Scott Miller wrote in Black Is The New Black A 21st Century Manifesto “Afro-Surrealists distort reality for emotional impact. Afro-Surrealists use excess as the only legitimate means of subversion, and hybridization as a form of disobedience. [and they] strive for rococo: the beautiful, the sensuous, and the whimsical.” Each artist within the exhibition echoes the ethos of Afrosurrealism. Visiting ANOTHER COUNTRY creates the opportunity for viewers to occupy a space where a new simultaneous reality reveals for a moment in time within the gallery– a miraculous transformation through the vehicle of Black contemporary art.
The work that composes ANOTHER COUNTRY is unique, subversive, marvelous, innate, tremendous, ethereal, incredibly beautiful, sometimes absurd, and continuously afro-surreal. The artists featured in ANOTHER COUNTRY include Brandon Coley Cox, Abigail DeVille, Ariel René Jackson, Devin N. Morris, and Monsieur Zohore. ANOTHER COUNTRY is curated by Teri M. Henderson. The exhibition runs from March 13th, 2020 through April 23rd, 2020. The opening reception is Friday, March 13th from 7:00PM to 10:00PM at Terrault Gallery, 218 W. Saratoga Street 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201.
This exhibition was inspired by D. Scott Miller’s The Afro Surreal Manifesto in which he describes and defines the world-making nature of “the afro-surreal.” The title of this exhibition “ANOTHER COUNTRY” is a reference to the 1962 novel written by James Baldwin. Although Baldwin was not an afro-surrealist, he was Black artist who made worlds and built bridges between the dissimilar through art. This exhibition is an attempt to build bridges between the parallel worlds that exist for many Black people. The interior and the exterior. The past and the present, interjecting in the right now. Consistently Black creators masterfully assert themselves by defining themselves through their art. This act is an act of world-making. These creators are literally fabricating another country within this one that is so often ridden with despair.
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 1PM - 5PM
Selected Readings featuring Zion Douglass: Friday, March 27th from 7PM - 9PM
Closing Reception: Thursday, April 23rd from 7PM – 9PM
We are still planning on being open for the opening of ANOTHER COUNTRY. We do want to emphasize that if you are not feeling well, and/or have a household member that is sick, we kindly ask that you stay home. If you have any concerns about health risks, please consider coming another time during open gallery hours when you can have the gallery space to yourself, every Saturday 1-5pm, beginning Saturday, March 14th. If you arrive at the gallery and are persistently coughing and showing signs of illness, you may be politely asked to return home to rest. We want everyone to be safe and take precautions during this heightened time. All surfaces at Terrault will have been sanitized, all curators and artists in attendance are in good health. We ask that you use your best judgement when deciding to join us in our celebration of the final opening at Terrault Gallery, of ANOTHER COUNTRY. If you are unable to attend, we understand and send you our best. We hope to see you there or at gallery hours soon! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.