Zenith Gallery Presents:



 Black Artists of Today: Reinventing Tomorrow!
Featuring Doba Afolabi, Akili Ron Anderson, Mason Archie, Anne Bouie, William Buchanan,
Carolyn Goodridge, Bernie Houston, Hubert Jackson, Chris Malone, Kristine Mays, Ibou N’Diaye,
Preston Sampson and Curtis Woody

At The Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20004
Show Dates: September 10, 2017 – January 20, 2018

MEET THE ARTISTS RECEPTION: Wednesday, September 20, 5:00-8:00 PM

Join our celebration of the African Heritage Month and The Congressional Black Caucus as we reflect upon the work of contemporary Africa and African American artists. Ibou N’Diaye, a Mali native, constructs his breathtaking and detailed wood sculptures using traditional hand tools. Doba Afolabi, from Nigeria, expresses movement with bright colors that jump off the canvas and show the energy and movement of his culture.  Chris Malone creates his own narrative through a progression of multimedia sculptures, spirit dolls, and mosaics, largely influenced by West African design and traditional folklore.  Akili Ron Anderson utilizes his African roots to provide a platform for highlighting the beauty and majesty and depth of his culture. Curtis Woody, Preston Sampson, Robert Freeman, and Anne Bouie, all D.C. natives, cast their eyes on Black American culture and spirituality.  Woody’s dynamic quilt paintings collage the often-overlooked history and influence black culture has had on American culture.  Sampson uses didactic color to emote the lives of African Americans, and doesn’t shy away his subjects from looking out to the viewer. Freeman creates intimate moments in black social life in tandem with D.C. celebrity. Bouie assembles found objects to create relics reminiscent of the marginalized and forgotten.

Along the River, Robert Freeman          Story Teller, Hubert Jackson                 Reincarnation, Doba Afolabi         Bombs & Butterflies, William Buchanan

Hubert Jackson and Mason Archie are influenced by black history, creating an emotional appeal to our pathos, ethos, and logos.  Jackson uses rich color and found objects from Virginia and Maryland Civil War battlegrounds to illustrate the true cost of war, and the role African-Americans played. Archie, a classical realist, paints scenery significant to black history, giving light to the lesser-known historical spots. Carolyn Goodridge and Bernie Houston are aesthetically motivated. Goodridge uses organic encaustic on glass and panels to create images both sublime and fantastic.  Houston draws inspiration from nature, creating small wonders of painted driftwood, finished in wax.  Kristine Mays and William Buchanan, both previously featured in our juried show “RESIST,” are our newest additions to Zenith Gallery. Mays creates wire sculpture to capture the human form to reflect upon what is within. Buchanan juxtaposes gentle creatures and man-made bombs to illustrate the destruction power of war.  Together, this dynamic and diverse group of artists creates a backdrop for the arrival of the African Heritage Month and the Congressional Black Caucus, whose job it is to inspire change and hope.
                                                Sure Flight
, Carolyn Goodridge                                                          Cultuvatrice, Ibou N'Diaye                         Harvest, Ann Bouie       

My Soul Has Been Anchored, Curtis Woody                Down by the Creek, Mason Archie                                        Thirsty Pope, Preston Sampson                      

Spirit Rocket, Akili Ron Anderson    By the Grace of God, Kristine Mays     Dress Rehearsal, Bernie Houston    Speaking in Tongues, Chris Malone                


Where:                            1111 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, WDC 20004

Exhibit on Display:      September 12, 2017 – January 20, 2018

Opening Reception:    September 20, 5-8 pm
Information:                   Margery Goldberg, 202-783-2963, or

Gallery Hours:               Monday-Friday8am – 7pmSaturday 8am – 4pm, On Saturday Enter on 12th St NW DC 20004:  Knock and the guard will let you in


Now celebrating 39 years in the nation’s capital, Zenith is recognized for its unique mix of contemporary art in a wide variety of media,
style and subject.  The gallery provides high-quality acquisition, art consulting, commissioning, appraisal and framing services, through its
gallery/salon/ sculpture garden off 16th Street at 1429 Iris St NW, WDC 20012.  Zenith also curates rotating exhibits at the
Eleven Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, WDC 20004