Wednesday, February 7, 2018

By(e) Default Curated by Andrea Chung

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery presents By(e) Default, curated by San Diego artist Andrea Chung. Through the works of five contemporary artists and three poets, this exhibit challenges racial codings and engages in both the revision and celebration of Black History.

Elizabeth Axtman
Suzanne Broughel
Cortney Lamar Charleston
Lissa Corona
JC Lenochan
Jason Patterson
Claudia Rankine
Nicole Sealey

Chung states: By(e) Default aims to highlight an unconscious and contradictory thought, whiteness is the default, but it denies that it is privileged, all while fearing the loss of its position as the “default.” Whiteness is the standard for how we (and others) measure ourselves (and others). It goes unnoticed until it is deposed from its pedestal. White history is posited as American history, ignoring the full citizenship and contributions (voluntary or involuntary) of people of color in this country and the full context of their stories. It also dictates when we can acknowledge our history and when our opinions and expertise “matter.”

February 5 – 28, 2018