Art & Culture Exhibits

Kemi Yemi-Ese

I Sabi: The Artist's exploration of identity through West African Iconography

Kemi Yemi-Ese

scheduleFebruary 2, 2023 - April 30, 2023
placeCentral Library - 710 W. César Chávez St.
Living Room (6th Floor)
Exhibit Details

About the Exhibit

Artist Talk: Saturday, February 18, 1:30 – 2:30 PM | Central Library, Demo Area

Kemi Yemi-Ese’s artwork explores her identity as a Nigerian-American woman with a disability, without overtly displaying imagery commonly associated with disabilities. The emotions and stories that she paints are also inspired by the resiliency of the human spirit. Even the more stoic figures radiate with the confidence of a person who will fulfil their purpose no matter what obstacles may be in their path. In most of Yemi-Ese’s current work, she uses Adinkra and Yoruba iconography to convey stories and ideas. She encourages audiences to reflect on their own experiences while engaging with her art pieces.

About the Artist

Nigerian-American therapist and visual artist, Kemi Yemi-Ese, resides in Austin, Texas. Following a near tragic car accident in 2006, Kemi became paralyzed at the cervical level of her spinal cord and uses a wheelchair for mobility. After graduating from Baylor University and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Kemi is focused on growing in her dual careers as an artist and therapist. Her art reflects the struggles and triumphs that living with a disability entail through imagery that is relatable. Her artwork and therapeutic approaches often challenge representations of mobility, gender, beauty, race, and divinity. The challenges she faces compel her to also be an advocate and she has taken many opportunities to advocate for her rights and those of others with disabilities. From serving on boards for independent living centers to winning the title of Ms. Wheelchair America, Kemi is earnest in speaking up and taking action. Kemi’s current work is heavily inspired by her Nigerian heritage blending dynamic and contemplative portraits with cultural exploration.

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@kemisart

All Kinds of Black in Tech Part Two

All Kinds of Black in Tech Part Two

scheduleJanuary 17, 2023 - February 21, 2023
placeCentral Library - 710 W. César Chávez St.
Gallery (2nd Floor)
Exhibit Details

About the Exhibit

Artist Reception: Friday, January 20, 7 PM - 9 PM, 2nd Floor Art Gallery, Central Library

Panel Discussion: Saturday, February 4, 1 - 2:30 PM, 2nd Floor Art Gallery, Central Library

_OFCOLOR presents All kinds of Black in Tech - Part Two. An immersive photo exhibit highlighting the voices and images of Black professionals in the Technology workforce. Portrait subjects in the exhibit will help the audience peel back the veil of what it means to be a part of this complex ecosystem through audio interview narratives and images representing their authentic selves. These immersive aspects will be the cornerstone of what makes this photo exhibit experience unique.

Photos by Steven Hatchett, Co-Founder of _OFCOLOR, Photographer Curated by Whitney Hamilton, Co-Director of Small Events for _OFCOLOR

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Above and Beyond the Fold

Above and Beyond the Fold: Finding Community in the Austin American-Statesman

scheduleSeptember 13, 2022 - June 13, 2023
placeCentral Library - 710 W. César Chávez St.
Exhibit Details

About the Exhibit

4th Floor - Above Computers on West Wall

Above and Beyond the Fold: Finding Community in Austin American-Statesman presents a selection of photographs which uplift narratives of pride, laughter, and building intergenerational community within Austin’s communities of color. All images were produced as part of the ongoing project, “Communities of Color in the Austin American-Statesman Photo Morgue: A Digitization Survey.” The Austin American-Statesman Photographic Morgue Collection (AR.2014.039) contains hundreds of thousands of negatives taken by staff photographers between 1958 and 1982. The survey aims to digitize thousands of negatives documenting Austin’s African American, Latinx, and Asian Pacific American communities. This initiative is funded by a TexTreasures Grant made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Austin Proud: A History of Pride Parades in Austin, 1971-2002

Austin Proud: A History of Pride Parades in Austin, 1971-2002

scheduleSeptember 13, 2022 - June 30, 2023
placeCentral Library - 710 W. César Chávez St.
Exhibit Details

About the Exhibit

Austin Proud presents photographs, flyers, and clippings from the Austin History Center collections documenting the history of Austin's LGBTQ Pride parades and marches from 1971-2002. The exhibit will travel to Austin Public Library branches through June 2023.

Exhibit Schedule:

August 19, 2022 - October 24, 2022
Central Library, 4th Floor Exhibit Cases

October 26, 2022 - January 10, 2023
Twin Oaks Branch

January-March, 2023 
TBA

March-May 2023
TBA

May-June 2023
Austin History Center