Colorful & Contemporary

March 11, 2021

Jason Dake, Curator of Education
Dennos Museum Center

Without a doubt, the exhibitions that opened in February at the Dennos Museum Center are meant to be seen in person, up close, and with a friend. They are large scale. They pop with color. And you probably have never seen anything like them in our galleries. So, expect the unexpected.

Dex R. Jones is a Brooklyn-based photographer who elevates portraiture with a vibrantly colored palette that dances, sparkles, and patterns its way into your eyes. He has worked commercially with a variety of acclaimed artists, musicians, and authors while exhibiting throughout the USA. His unforgettable images have been exhibited at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Neekid Blk Gurls at Rush Arts Gallery, and Art for Social Justice presented by Amnesty International. While his work references his Caribbean heritage and life in New York, his exploration of color and beauty inspires the mind and sparks the senses. Catch his exhibition, “Storied Portraits,” through March 28.

Though Jones’s photographs are definitely large-scale and colorful, “BLOW UP II” takes those concepts to extremes with its array of inflatable sculptures. That’s right. Gigantic, cartoon-like, inflatable sculptures of creatures real and invented will fill three gallery spaces at the museum this spring, through May 16. Nine artists from the U.S. and Canada are featured in this exhibition organized by the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, California. Just leave your sewing needles and safety pins at home.

As always, the Dennos Museum Center is free admission for NMC students and faculty. Open Sunday through Thursday, 11am to 4pm, we invite you to see these spectacular shows before they float off into the sunset.

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