Isis Kenney: Fear of a Black Planet
“The fear of anything different, anything natural, whether on the basis of culture, race or sexuality is a constant threat to the idea of the theory of the American melting pot/ American nationalism.
To be different, to think differently has been shunned and dialogue on acceptance and equality has been placed on hold. Whether it is collusion or gerrymandering or voter suppression, our voices have been silenced and the fear has been heightened. I hope this collection and this show allows us to ask where do we stand in the constant hot funky stanky breath of oppression.
Fight the Power!” -- Isis Kenney
The Field Gallery is proud to present Fear of a Black Planet, a controversial and thought-provoking exhibit featuring the politically-charged Hip Hop Fine Art of Isis Kenney. The exhibit runs from February 17 through April 29, with an opening reception on Saturday, February 24th from 12-4 pm.
Kenney’s mission is to promote the positive impact that hip hop has made globally and introduce the electric vibrancy of the culture. Whether through textile design, furniture design or apparel, the culture of hip hop has made a major impact on art and fashion. Color can inspire and design can change boundaries. Hip Hop Fine Art is Kenney’s brand and she also offers home decor and home staging. Hip Hop Fine Art aims to maintain the mission of the brand which is to preserve hip hop history.
Isis Kenney's work has been featured in numerous galleries, museums and collections including solo exhibitions at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art and the Harlem School of the Arts.