“Gallery Mixtape, Vol. 1” does exactly what a good mixtape is supposed to do: offers up a variety of sounds and moods with just enough connective tissue between them all to make it flow.
The exhibit is on view at Albany Center Gallery and Collectiveffort in Troy and was co-curated by Jamel Mosely, vice president of Collectiveffort; and Jennie Tang, curatorial associate of the Albany Center Gallery.
It features a range of mediums and styles, all by Black, Indigenous and People of Color.
Among the first pieces in the exhibit at Albany Center Gallery is a vibrant and whimsical abstract painting by Troy artist Kim Tateo. Several of Tateo’s paintings are featured in the show and each has a dream-like quality, with glowing shades of blue and flecks of flora-like figures doting each canvas.
The photography of Robert Cooper is perhaps less whimsical, though it’s just as powerful. In one piece featured at Albany Center Gallery, several people are lined up, socially distanced, outside of a food pantry. In another, a Black woman, wearing a cascading blue dress, poses in front of a richly colored red wall, sunlight from an industrial-looking window illuminating her face.
Nearby to that work is one by Mopélolá Adesinà, who digitally mixes a self-portrait with a glowing cityscape in a piece called “City In My Hands.”
The written word is also featured throughout the exhibition, like with the piece “For the days ahead,” which begins:
I left this poem open
just for us
to climb into when
we’ve lost our keys
“Gallery Mixtape, Vol. 1” is the first exhibition in a partnership between the Albany Center Gallery and Collectiveffort, and it aims to highlight the talent of the local community and stop the exclusion of non-white artists in art spaces.
“We hope that this exhibition will demonstrate that there is no limitation to the kinds of people who can create or the forms through which creativity can be channeled,” the curators wrote in a statement. “‘Gallery Mixtape, Vol. 1’ confronts art world conventions that have long been exclusionary and in doing so, begins to shift this culture to open up new spaces for voices that have always been here but not always heard.”
Other artists in the show include Maryam Adib, Alycia Bacon, Mikki Badu, D. Colin, Sofeia Eddy, GATO, Malchijah Hoskins, Jackson, Tyler Ki-Re, Josh Knight, Jahniah Kum, José Santos Nuñez, Jason Blue Lake Medicine Eagle Martinez, Eddie Serrano and Baju Wijono.
There will be an Artists’ Reception from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 at the Albany Center Gallery and Friday, Oct. 29 at Collectiveffort. The exhibition will run through Nov. 19 in Albany and through January 14 in Troy. For more information visit albanycentergallery.org.