Adrienne Elise Tarver: Manifesting Paradise
April 5 – July 24, 2022
Reception: Friday, April 8, 5:30 pm


Adrienne Elise Tarver’s paintings and works on paper feature bold figures and botanical forms, brought to life by a warm palette rich with dynamic overtones and gradients. The artist’s latest series, Manifesting Paradise, is focused on the future: a hopeful, beautiful projection in the face of the socioeconomic and cultural injustices Black people face in America. In her flowing mystical compositions featuring symbolism of the hand, the eye, the full moon, and more, she reconjures the occult and the unknowable, and in doing so, redefines the future of Black bodies – especially the bodies of Black women – as untouchably beautiful and sacred. Manifesting Paradise encompasses multiple stages of Tarver’s prolific career and reflects a cumulative desire to remove uncertainty from the future. The work instead serves as a celebration of what is to come: a promise of progress, self-fulfillment, and unbridled joy.

Open:

April 5, 2022 - July 24, 2022

Reception:

April 8, 2022, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm