The Mackey Twins Art Gallery, the tristate area’s largest collection of exclusive works by artists of color, presents “Art’s Conscience II.” The exhibition opened at the Interchurch Center Gallery in Manhattan Monday, Oct. 31 and runs through Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Opening night will be celebrated from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and includes an artists’ talk at 6:30 p.m.
Those participating in the artists’ talk include Xenobia Bailey, Stacey Brown, James Denmark, Essud Fungcap, Magno Laracuente, Ruth Miller and Charly Palmer. The event will be moderated by Diedra Harris-Kelley, co- director of the Romare Bearden Foundation. Harris-Kelley is also a historian, writer and formally trained artist.
“The conscience becomes the ‘soul’ in the matter of creating and collecting,” said Sharon Mackey, who, together with her identical twin sister, Karen, founded the Mackey Twins Art Gallery in 2004. “The responsibility rests on both parties. Understanding the artist’s style process is critical.”
“The artists’ inner struggle is to create, whether it’s safe, unpopular or political,” said Karen Mackey. “In spite of these challenges, the artists want the collector’s approval.”
Featured works will be from Bailey, Betty Blayton, Brown, Leroy Campbell, Demetric Denmark, James Denmark, Fungcap, Laracuente, Miller, Palmer and TWIN.
Mackey sisters’ mission is to support artists of color by developing the collectors of color. Since 2004, the devoted collectors have been curating exhibitions and introducing many “tristaters” to the incredible works of talented artists.
In April 2013, the gallery presented “Art’s Conscience” at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. November’s exhibition continues and expands on that theme.
The exhibition is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The Interchurch Center Gallery is located at 475 Riverside Drive (at 120th Street), New York, N.Y.