“Kin Killin’ Kin,” James Pate’s traveling art exhibition, includes 13 charcoal drawings and one oil painting on Plexiglas. The pieces, which depict critical issues currently facing our community, will be on display from Monday, Jan. 23, through Friday, Feb. 3.
The exhibit was officially opened Jan. 23 by Kansas City civil rights activist and community leader Alvin Brooks. Brooks is also a Metropolitan Community College alumnus.
The MCC-Penn Valley Carter Art Center Gallery (mcckc.edu/pvart) is at 3201 Southwest Trafficway, Kansas City, on the south end of campus facing 33rd Street. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday- Friday and noon-3 p.m. on Saturdays.
Nationally known artist Pate hopes his “Kin Killin’ Kin” exhibit engages the community in acknowledging the reality of gun violence and promotes dialogue toward positive alternatives and solutions.
“I place historical imagery in some of the compositions with the hope that an adolescent will recognize the bloodline connection and feel a real sense of their heritage beyond their parents and grandparents,” Pate says in his artist’s statement.
The exhibit has shown previously at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, and most recently at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore.
The exhibit is sponsored locally by the Brooks Institute at MCC, the MCC-Penn Valley Social Science Division and the MCC-Penn Valley African American Faculty and Staff Association.
“MCC is honored to present this prestigious traveling exhibit that is so relevant to the social justice conversations happening at this time,” says Karen Curls, MCC-Penn Valley’s social science division chair.
Pate will be on the Penn Valley campus on Thursday, Feb. 2, as part of the exhibition’s program and will give an artist’s talk at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public, but interested participants need to register to attend at 816-604.4282.
The “Kin Killin’ Kin” exhibit is organized by the EbonNia Gallery and Shango: Center for the Study of African American Art and Culture.
Interviews about the exhibit were conducted by the Cascade Media Group during the opening. The interviews will air on the website: whatsupkansascity.net/.
About James Pate:
James Pate was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but raised in Cincinnati, where he earned a Corbett Award to attend the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Pate attended Central State University and continued to educate himself, and has since been a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence grant and two Montgomery County Individual Artist Fellowships.
About the Brooks Institute at MCC:
Named after Kansas City crime and justice advocate Alvin Brooks, the Brooks Institute/Center of Excellence at MCC-Penn Valley is an initiative centered on crime prevention, criminal justice and contemporary issues associated with violence.
Alvin Brooks has been actively involved with Metropolitan Community College since the early 1950s. He was an alumnus of the last segregated class before Lincoln Junior College became part of the Junior College of Kansas City (now MCC).