Black Matters (2020)

Black Creativity Matters - #BlackMatters 2020 - Stacey Robinson - CEPA Gallery - Buffalo NY

The CEPA Gallery exhibit celebrates Black Matters—12 billboards by artist Stacey Robinson.

Stacey Robinson—Arthur Schomburg fellow and MFA graduate from the University at Buffalo—was already preparing for a show at CEPA Gallery this summer. However, the scheduled exhibit involved many interactive and immersive elements, intended to mimic the Black barber shop experience. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, CEPA Gallery and Robinson re-imagined their collaboration swiftly and creatively. “I always wanted to be on billboards,” says Robinson, “so there is a bit of serendipity here.”

CEPA Gallery’s Black Matters billboard exhibit highlights the realities of systemic and institutionalized racism, focusing the public’s attention not only on the present moment and the issue of police violence, but on the many challenges, contributions and assets of Black people in our communities. The text and image cohesion intends to speak directly to local governments and communities to create dialogue around the “isms” in our society with the hope of inspiring calls to action for lessening communal inequities.

Twelve off-highway billboards will feature original artwork by Stacey Robinson alongside messages like #BlackHealthMatters, #BlackJoyMatters, #BlackFuturesMatter, #BlackPowerMatters, #BlackFamilyMatters, and others.

Exhibit Locations

Exhibit Dates

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
through
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Admission
Free to the public

About the Artist for Black Matters

Portrait - #BlackMatters 2020 - Stacey Robinson - CEPA Gallery - Buffalo NY

Stacey Robinson

Robinson is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Robinson’s art imagines futures where black people are free from colonial influences. “My goal with much of my art is to dismantle ideas of derogatory Black relations, pacificity, and docility.”

Along with John Jennings, Robinson is part of the collaborative duo ‘Black Kirby,’ which explores Afro Speculative existence via the aesthetic of Jack Kirby.

Robinson’s collected works reside at Modern Graphics in Berlin, Bucknell University, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

For more information on Stacey Robinson and to view more of his work:

Images for Black Matters

Billboards

Billboards

All images © 2020 Stacey Robinson. All rights reserved.

Billboard Art Details

Billboard Art Details

Along with John Jennings, Robinson is part of the collaborative duo ‘Black Kirby,’ which explores Afro Speculative existence via the aesthetic of Jack Kirby.

All images © 2020 Black Kirby. All rights reserved.

Billboards on Location

News for Black Matters

Press for Black Matters

Sponsors for Black Matters

CEPA Gallery’s Black Matters billboard exhibit was made possible through funding from:

Additional support for Black Matters was provided by: