A new exhibit coming to Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will explore the life and legacy of iconic entertainer Michael Jackson.
“MJ Obscura” by artist Amalia Amaki, a personal friend of Jackson, examines the mission and nature of Jackson’s life and career through photography and mixed-media art. The exhibit will also incorporate a variety of personal items and memorabilia from Jackson’s life.
Amaki will discuss the exhibit and her reason for creating it during a gallery talk at 11 a.m. Nov. 10, inside the museum auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display in the museum exhibit hall from Nov. 8 through Jan. 4.
“While a part of his intent was obviously to entertain, there is a culturally intelligent and politically astute side of Michael Jackson that has not been seriously explored,” said Georgette Norman, director of the Rosa Parks Museum. “Amaki’s body of work introduces a few basic concepts that will be elaborated on and more fully developed in subsequent artwork and a book in progress of the same title.”
Amaki is an artist, art historian, visual studies scholar, writer and film critic. She is currently a professor of art at the University of Alabama and serves as curator for the Paul R. Jones Collection, one of the world’s oldest and largest collections of African-American art.
Her photography, assemblages, and mixed-media work have been shown regionally, nationally and internationally, most recently in Paris, and is in the permanent collection of numerous institutions nationwide including the High Museum of Art, National Museum for Women in the Arts, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
The exhibit hall at the Rosa Parks Museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on this exhibit contact museum director Georgette Norman at email@example.com or 334-241-8608.
-- posted by Teri Greene