A new exhibition, inaugurated on July 1, at the Rosa Parks Museum at the University of Troy, will address topics such as racism, social justice and the memories of the artist who grew up on a tobacco plantation in the east of North Carolina.

Willie Little’s “America’s Original Sin” exhibition will begin at 6 pm on July 1 with an artist talk and an opening reception in the museum gallery. Exhibits in the museum gallery are free during normal opening hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Little’s exhibition will run until September.

Little’s visual narratives document a fading part of southern rural life, and the installations are layered with humor, irony, complexity, and contradiction. His art brings objects found in his works to life, inspiring viewers to open their minds and hearts to search for unexpected truths, and incorporates sculpture, painting, sound installations, constructed architecture, recycled memories and real life stories.

“For me, resistance means using my platform, my voice to speak shamelessly about what I hear, see and experience – being a witness through work,” Little said. “I use examples and layers to speak out against injustices, past and present.”

Little, who currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, Oregon, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His solo exhibitions include the Smithsonian Institution, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Froelick Gallery in Portland, the Noel Gallery in Charlotte, and the American Jazz Museum. Notable group exhibits include the Corcoran and the California Folk Art Museum.

He also participated in The Hourglass Project: Baggage, an internationally renowned residency and exhibition program, which toured South Africa, Belgium and Mozambique; the work is archived in a catalog published by Caversham Press.

His most recent exhibition, “The Shacks my Daddy Built”, was shown at the Froelick Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

“Willie Little’s exhibit helps continue the conversation we have in our main spaces,” said Madeline Burkhardt, the museum’s adult education coordinator. “By connecting the past to current social justice issues, Little allows visitors to learn more about history through the prism of the visual arts. The museum is delighted to once again host a stimulating and stimulating exhibition.

For more information, contact the museum at 334-241-8615.



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