Creative Shifts: A Studio Visit with Sharif Bey

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Facebook Live

Beads in early African traditions were not only used for beautification, but as symbols of cultural and political identities. In the 1960s, beads became re-popularized as a Black cultural and political signifier. Sharif Bey’s large-scale “necklaces”, including those featured in the exhibition Adorned, continue this tradition that remains an essential part of cultural identity. Join Bey and Adorned curator Jonell Logan for a timely conversation around Bey’s perspectives on his practice, creating large ceramic works in accessible spaces, and the importance of reclaiming the craft as a cultural practice for people of color, and a personal, inherently human way of creating.

Creative Shifts and the Stimulus series of conversations offer you deeper insight into the work and ideas of contemporary artists. These sessions aim to make connections between McColl Center and our constantly evolving local arts community. Creative Shifts has emerged as a Stimulus focus during the COVID-19 pandemic as artists talk about maintaining their practice through changing times.

Learn more about Sharif Bey at his website.