June 10 – June 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 10 from 6-8pm
WASINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Migrations by Danielle A. Scruggs from June 10 through June 30 at Flashpoint Gallery. Migrations combines original portraits and archival photos of Scruggs’ family members to trace her personal family history and explore the Great Migration of the early to mid-20th century, which is directly connected to the lingering effects of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
During the U.S. Great Migration, between 1910 and 1970, thousands of Black families relocated from Southern towns and cities to Northern cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and New York to escape dead-end jobs and Jim Crow racism and to build better lives for themselves and future generations. Both sides of Scruggs’ family were a part of this move. They were sharecroppers and farmers who relocated from Fordyce, Arkansas and Clarksdale, Mississippi to Peoria, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois, respectively.
In Migrations, Scruggs combines archival family photos and modern portraits she has taken of her family members. In doing so, she pieces together more about her personal family history and places it within a larger context about how these relocations and cultural shifts affected both her own family members’ lives and the lives of thousands of Black families in America.
Overall, Scrugg’s practice, which includes photography, text, and installation, explores the various ways one can navigate, shape, and take up physical and psychic space, and how this leads to the construction of the self. Scruggs is particularly interested in her family’s origin stories and exploring a small aspect of what it means to be Black in America, and how those histories affect us in the present day.
Image: Danielle Scruggs, Mom, 2015. Archival inkjet print, 30”x40”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Danielle A. Scruggs is a photographer and photo director. Her work has been exhibited at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, A.I.R. Gallery, Arlington Arts Center, Pleasant Plains Workshop, the National Institutes of Health, Roman Susan Gallery, and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, among other museums and galleries throughout the United States.She has also been an artist-in-residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Byrdcliffe Colony, The Wassaic Project, and Pleasant Plains Workshop. In 2015, she established Black Women Directors, an online resource highlighting the art and labor of Black women directors from across the Diaspora. That same year, she was part of the inaugural Thread at Yale class.
Danielle received her M.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her B.A. from Howard University. After living in Washington, D.C. for several years, she recently relocated to her hometown of Chicago, where she is currently the Director of Photography at the Chicago Reader newspaper.
ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint Gallery and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint, we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media, and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.
CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.
DANIELLE SCRUGGS: MIGRATIONS
June 10, 2017 – June 30, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public)
Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Saturday, July 29, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor
Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment