With Open Eyes

Featured Work: Maya June Mansour, Dear Body, 2022. Image Courtesy of the Artist.

With Open Eyes

With Open Eyes is a group exhibition that amplifies Black visual representation through positive depictions of Black culture and life. The exhibition’s title derives from the poem “Dream Song 29” (1969) by John Berryman, which was popularized by the television series Succession and speaks to opening up our eyes to new views of Blackness. Featuring a lineup of fourteen Black artists, their exhibited works redefine notions of Blackness by presenting counternarratives of desire and relief, occasionally utilizing Afrofuturism.

In rejecting oppressive perceptions that are often entangled in Black identity, such as classism, body dysmorphia, sexism, and homophobia, With Open Eyes provides a visual understanding of the need to have inclusion, liberation, and equality. The diverse array of works, ranging from installation, photography, painting, and textiles, exemplifies the importance of exploring Blackness, which is candid and complex, in all aspects. Too often when we think of Black art, we are actually imagining depictions of Black trauma, violence, and death. However, it is important to note that With Open Eyes does not pretend as if these stereotypes do not exist. Instead, the artists contemplate contemporary issues surrounding Black identity and representation. Blackness is so often constricted to moments of harm and criminalization, and With Open Eyes presents an opportunity for Black artists to gain agency over telling their own stories.


Cynthia Brannvall
Rohan DaCosta
Dana Davenport
Ashara Ekundayo
Eniola Fakile
Miela Foster
Nicole Henton
Gbenga Komolafe
Maya June Mansour
Seraphina Perkins
Raymond Pinto
Michon Sanders
Najee Tobin
Fulton Leroy Washington (MR. WASH)

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Adrianne Ramsey

Exhibition Dates

July 10 –  August 3, 2024

Second Saturday Reception

July 13, 2024 | 7-9 pm

Gallery Hours
Wednesday – Saturday from 2-6 PM
Saturday by appointment only

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