Interview with artist Vicki Meek and extended exhibition. Talley Dunn Gallery

In When do we disappear?, Vicki Meek explores how “skin bleaching, hair straightening, eye and body modification have all provided tangible examples of erasing darkness from our concept of beauty. . .[and how] Over 400 years of cultural indoctrination has taken its toll on concepts of beauty in the black community.

Join us this Saturday, July 2 for an Artist’s Reception from 2-5 p.m. and an In-Depth Artist Talk at 4 p.m. where Meek will dive deep into the historical contexts of the powerful works in his exhibition.

Click on here see the exhibition, and here to view available works by Vicki Meek.

Vicki Meek, when do we disappear? Black Women’s Obsession with White Feminity, 2022, Installation view, Talley Dunn Gallery

About Vicki Meek

Vicki Meek is a renowned interdisciplinary artist whose historical practice spans forty years. Meek’s installation work uses African diaspora symbolism and explores cultural memory and identity. Dedicated to her community, Meek enriches our world through her thought-provoking, thought-provoking artwork and ambitious projects. From his connection to the voices of his ancestors to his contemporary audience, Meek’s approach is uncompromising with messages that expose, reveal and ultimately heal. Meek is an accomplished storyteller who creates environments and experiences rich with meaning and purpose as she strives to connect with the viewer through her dynamic multimedia works.

Meek’s groundbreaking work has won him numerous awards, and his works have been featured in a career-spanning retrospective at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas, and a site-specific exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center in the spring of 2021. work is in the permanent collections of the African American Museum in Dallas, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana, Paul Quinn College in Dallas, the Serie Art Project in Austin, and Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, Connecticut. She has received three public art commissions with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Art Program and was a co-artist on Dallas’ largest public art project, the Dallas Convention Center Public Art Project.

Meek has received a number of additional grants and honors including the National Endowment for the Arts NFRIG Fellowship, Dallas Observer MasterMind Award, Dallas Museum of Art Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant, Texas Black Filmmakers Mission Award, the Women of Visionary Influence Mentor Award, Dallas Women’s Foundation Maura Award, nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, the African American Museum at Dallas A. Maceo Smith Award for Cultural Achievement, and was selected as a Texas Artist of the year 2021 by Art League of Houston.

In addition to having a studio practice, Vicki Meek is a freelance curator and writes cultural critiques for Dallas Weekly with her Art & Racenotes blog. Meek is also the COO and board member of USEKRA: Center for Creative Investigation, a nonprofit retreat for creatives in Costa Rica founded by internationally acclaimed performance artist Elia Arce. She is also Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s overall appointment to the Arts and Culture Commission and the Public Art Committee.

Talley Dunn Gallery

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