Route to (re)settlement

May 1 - July 19, 2016 / Historic Columbia Foundation's Mann-Simons Site

Historic Columbia, Palmetto Curatorial Exchange, and Connelly & Light present a four-year series examining narrative shifts of black communities and the permutations flowing from these relocations.  Focusing on South Carolina - a state which has served as the major gateway between Africa and “African American” - the exhibition follows the multifaceted heritage of the black diaspora throughout America and beyond. 

The inaugural installment of Route to (re)settlement will run from May 1 - July 29, 2016 at the Mann-Simons Site in Columbia, South Carolina.  Curated by Kimberly Light of Connelly & Light and Cecelia Stucker of CC: Curating & Collections, the Mann-Simons Site will feature works by acclaimed artists Rashid Johnson and Henry Taylor, and emerging stars Michi Meko, Victoria—Idongesit Udondian, and Fletcher Williams, III. 

Visitors can view Route to (re)settlement for the duration of the exhibition at the Mann-Simons Site (1403 Richland Street, Columbia, SC) on Thursday-Saturday from 1-4PM and at other times by contacting Historic Columbia for an appointment.

Preceding the opening of Route to (re)settlement, Los Angeles-based Henry Taylor will be in residence at Melrose School of Art completing his “Palmetto Portrait Sessions;” while Nigerian artist Victoria-Idongesit Udondian and Charleston quilter Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook will conduct a community quilting workshop with residents of Marion Street High-rise at Mann-Simons Site.


Exhibiting Artists: Rashid Johnson, Michi Meko, Henry Taylor, Victoria-Idongesit Udondian, and Fletcher Williams, III.

Connelly & Light

Historic Columbia

Mann-Simons Site