Join us for a spectacular Saturday in Pine Bluff on June 3, beginning at 2 p.m. with a screening of “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. Immediately after the screening, a panel discussion with Milt Jackson — a Pine Bluff musician featured in “Dream Land” reenactment scenes who also played clubs along West 9th Street — and “Dream Land” producer Tanisha Joe Conway will take place.
The film, which premiered on AETN in April, delves into the history of Little Rock’s West 9th Street, a once-vibrant, African-American business and entertainment district that was home to Taborian Hall and the Dreamland Ballroom. In the one-hour documentary, viewers explore the street’s glory days and how Urban Renewal, the Eisenhower Interstate Program and more influenced its future.
You can extend your experience after the screening event by exploring the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas’s open exhibitions, including “Color in Space: The Art of Justin Bryant” and “RESILIENCE: Works from the Permanent Collection by African-American Women.”
“Color in Space” features the watercolors of Justin Bryant whose work reflects, “an aesthetic strategy that addresses the idea of color and space in relation to African-American consciousness.” The stunning watercolors feature Black men wearing architectural elements as crowns, goggles or adornment. Used both artistically and as social commentary, the medium of watercolor conveys a quality of “here, not-here.” Bryant utilizes the white of the paper a a component and fades figures, leaving the viewers to connect part-to-part in their minds.
“RESILIENCE: Works from the Permanent Collection by African-American Women” showcases pieces from nationally acclaimed artists Emma Amos, Vivian Browne, Camille Billops, Margaret Burroughs, Elizabeth Catlett, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Samella Lewis and Rosalind Jeffries. Emanating from the challenges the artists overcame, “RESILIENCE” highlights these women’s triumphs as artists and as Black women. The featured works on exhibit provide excellent examples of printmaking and include etching, linocut, woodcut, silkscreen and lithograph.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas
701 South Main Street, Pine Bluff