|The Artists of Colour||
Dr. Howard McCurdy's paintings of Myxobacteria on display Dec 9th- Jan 6th 2018
Dr. Howard McCurdy's statement on his works reads as a metaphor for social action, linking his scientific and political lives:
"What is revealed in these drawings is part of an extraordinarily beautiful and microscopic world of which few are aware. They show the often complex and beautiful faux flowers built through cooperation among a group of bacteria with surprisingly complex social structures. Differing according to species, these "fruiting bodies" ensure their survival in adverse conditions by enclosing the cells in resistant sacs called sporangia which are frequently borne on stalks of the hardened slime which guided their construction"
These art works are part of the first stage of the “Journeys Project “which the Artists of Colour have begun to construct. It will be an art exhibit that will celebrate and relay the story of our enslavement and the long journey back to freedom. This exhibit will tell our story to all generations of the courage and determination of a people who refused to accept the degradation of slavery. White and black stood up against the injustice and demoralization of slavery, risking their lives and livelihood opposing the injustice inflicted upon their brothers and sisters. They unselfishly dedicated their lives to the cause of liberty.
New Canaan Journey In pursuit of freedom
New Canaan Journey shows how the Underground Railroad gave birth to the first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for social change within the United States and Canada. Between 1840 and 1860, before the American Civil War, enslaved Africans followed the North Star on the Underground Railroad to find freedom in Canada. That journey to freedom was long dangerous and life-changing.