Please join us on Saturday March 2nd from 6 - 8 pm for a special film screening of The United States of Hoodoo hosted by Danny Simmons in conjunction with the exhibition Dolls, Idols, and Ideals.
The United States of Hoodoo tracks the spiritual roots that have shaped the American Black experience, offering perspective on the interconnectedness of culture and identity. Written and directed by Oliver Hardt, the documentary traces the influence of African religious traditions on American art, music, and popular culture. The film engages viewers with insightful interviews featuring a diverse array of artists, musicians, and practitioners of African-based religions.
As a special treat, one of the main interviewees featured in The United States of Hoodoo, Danny Simmons, will host the screening at the InLiquid Gallery. Danny will introduce the film and discuss his connection to the subjects in the documentary, and the exhibition, with the audience. Doors will open at 5.45 and the screening will begin at 6.10.
Dolls, Idols, and Ideals features Kimberly Camp and Emilio Maldonado, two Black artists investigating their identity, label, lineage, and how they create their own power while stranded in a “new world.” Camp and Maldonado artists use symbols - made or found - that reference their ancestry and spirituality. Rather than working from a notion of unchanging traditions, they engage with aesthetics and amalgamated cultural practices that have been adapted in order to survive. Each artist finds strength, magic, and power in these shapeshifting, resilient elements in full embrace and exploration of their individual and shared heritages.
The InLiquid Gallery is located within the Crane Arts Building, which is wheelchair accessible. There is limited accessible parking at the front of the building and a ramp leading to the main entrance. The main building door is not automated. Two all-gender bathrooms with multiple stalls are available for use — one with urinals, one without, and both with 1–2 wheelchair-accessible stall(s). Seats will be provided in the gallery space, and water and light snacks will be available. Closed Captioning will not be available.