‘Black History Matters 365’ exhibit goes up for Black History Month, and inquires why

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Standout street artist and surrealist Percy Fortini-Wright – whose work has been shown everywhere from the Boston Marathon to Art Basel Miami Beach to Adidas’ Kanye West-designed Yeezy 750 Boost sneaker – is taking over a Lesley University gallery to curate “Black History Matters 365,” a seven-artist exhibit opening Thursday and running through March 5.

The free exhibit is intended to explore the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, according to the university, highlighting each artist’s interpretation of black history, empowerment and racial injustices in a variety of media: portraiture, figurative imagery, abstraction and of course graffiti and street art, as Fortini-Wright, a Lesley alum and instructor, is an exhibit artist as well as its curator.

Taking place during Black History Month, the show also is intended to be “offering a critique of commemorative months designated to celebrate ethnic and racial histories that ought to be recognized all year long,” the university says – hence the “365” part of the exhibit title.

The show features artists Paul Goodnight, Lawrence Pierce, Destiny Palmer, Cedric Douglas, L’Merchie Frazier, Shea Justice and Fortini-Wright. (A detail of his 2015 “Marcus Garvey” is seen above.)


“Black History Matters 365” is at VanDernoot Gallery in Lesley University’s University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square. The gallery is from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 3 to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

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