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Misogyny Papers/Apology: Victor Davson
September 30, 2022 - December 9, 2022
Exhibition Dates: September 30, 2022 – December 9, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, September 30, 2022 from 6-8 p.m.
Curated by Cynthia Hawkins, Ph.D.
“My sensibility as an artist is shaped by my early childhood in Guyana and by the anti-colonial struggle for independence in the 1960s….Misogyny Papers/Apology draws on this spirit of resistance and on a wellspring of socially engaged art. It is my attempt to bring into relief the issues of gender bias, political violence and discrimination against women. In creating a body of work that confronts the dehumanization of women I also confront a system that dehumanizes me as a man who is Black.” — Victor Davson
Victor Davson has exhibited widely throughout the northeast United States and in Great Britain, France, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba, National Collection of Fine Arts, Guyana, Newark Museum of Art, Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey State Museum, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, and Morris Museum. Fellowships and awards include a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper Fellowship, three New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Awards.
Davson was born in Georgetown, the Capitol of what was then British Guiana. He received a BFA degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York and cofounded Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art to support artists outside the mainstream. His thinking is heavily influenced by the anti-colonial politics of the Caribbean, and by the intellectual powerhouses of that period.
Dr. Cynthia Hawkins is an abstract painter and scholar whose research encompasses race, identity, early African American art history, and theory. She has presented lectures based on her dissertation research African American Agency and the Art Object 1868 – 1917. She received a Ph.D. from University at Buffalo, an MA in Museum Studies from Seton Hall University, and an MFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art. Cynthia Hawkins is currently serving as interim assistant director of collections at Kenkeleba House Museum, and lives in Rochester, New York.