On Thursday, June 19, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's Skylight Gallery will open its latest exhibit, "Medicine from Heaven: How African-American Culture was used to Cure the USA," featuring the sculptures of local artist Sol Sax.
The exhibition is in commemoration of Juneteenth, the oldest black holiday in the United States which celebrates the official ending of slavery in Galveston, Texas, when in 1865, two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, black Texans learned of their freedom.
Through his unique sculptures, Sol Sax uses his understanding and appreciation of West and Sub-Saharan African spiritual cosmology to restore to a place of respect and interest in traditional African spiritual beliefs while at the same time commemorating the contributions of great African-Americans.
Best known for his use of re-purposed materials in often life size healing, meditative and striking African-American sculptures, Sol Sax uses the exhibit to honor African American icons or "Sol'Saints" from musical giant and father of Rock and Roll Robert Johnson to dancer and singer Josephine Baker.
"Medicine from Heaven: How African-American Culture was Used to Cure the USA" exhibit will be on display at the Skylight Gallery from June 19-August 23 and will be accompanied by the following free programming:
- Thursday, June 19, 6pm-8pm — Opening reception, award winning vocalist/composer/poet Karma Mayet Johnson will make a special appearance. Some recent performances, include appearing in FELA directed by Bill T. Jones and with Bernice Johnson Reagon in The Temptation of St. Anthony, director Robert Wilson
- Saturday, July 19, 3pm-5pm: Community cypher with artist Sol Sax and moderated by Danny Simmons.
- Saturday, July 25, 3pm-5pm: Orisha-inspired collage workshop with artist Sol Sax.