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Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art: Main Hall
A Head that Rolls and Gathers Moss
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Buildings C & G)
October 24, 2016 – February 26, 2017 | $5 Gallery Admission
($4 Students/Seniors/Members. Free for children 12 and under)
Opening Reception: November 12, 4-6PM (Free Admission)
A Head that Rolls and Gathers Moss, an exhibition by Diedra
Harris-Kelley, presents an ongoing fascination with figurative
elements, masking and the ritual of seeing. Created over a 10-
15 year period, the selected works come together into “a
head that rolls and gathers moss.” They show a preoccupation
with forms similar to the human head — ones that morph into
others, that may be animal, alien, or rock. Some are portraits, some are masks, some simply blocks. The selection of more than 30 works in acrylic, and mixed media, hang together
forming more questions than answers.
Harris-Kelley, a native of Staten Island, is presently co-director of the Romare Bearden Foundation, a non-profit organization
perpetuating the legacy of the artist Bearden. She curates
exhibitions, lectures widely, and has taught courses at NYU, Parsons, and Columbia University.
The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art is open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10-5PM (last call at 4:30PM) located at the main entrance of Building C.