Detroit, MI, USA
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MOCAD proudly announces Gratiot Griot, the first solo museum exhibition of mixed media artist Judy Bowman. Born and raised in Detroit’s legendary Black Bottom neighborhood, just off of the iconic Gratiot Avenue, Bowman creates visual works inspired by stories of African American life. In West African tradition, a griot is a storyteller who, through creative performance, preserves and shares the cultural legacy and histories of their people. Gratiot Griot highlights Bowman’s extensive career as a storyteller. Gratiot Griot will highlight the intimate landscape of neighborhoods, homes, and gathering places that encouraged Bowman’s development as a griot. From kindergarten teacher to working artist, Bowman’s practice is rooted in engaging people through stories to reveal under-recognized histories. This exhibition will present new works by Bowman that invite viewers to engage with the rich cultural tapestry of life across the African diaspora.