Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Aren't They All Just Love Songs Anyway?
new work by Naima Lowe

October 4 - December 11, 2019

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

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Multi-disciplinary artist Naima Lowe presents new music, video, sculpture, and drawing on the risks and pleasures of being Black and valuing love. This deeply collaborative exploration deals with the expansive reach of Black musical traditions, draws on the tenuous relationship between Black trauma and Black joy, and uses the color pink as a cypher to reclaim Black humanity.

Naima Lowe comes from a long line of Black people who make things. She has parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-great grandparents who are musicians, fashion designers, Sunday school teachers, waitresses, and field hands. Through them she inherited a lineage and aesthetic of Black cultural production that is as enigmatic as it is discernible. These people have also gifted Naima with her commitment to social justice, focused work ethic, and big mouth.

Naima's work has been exhibited at Anthology Film Archive, The Wing Luke Museum, MiX Experimental Film Festival, National Queer Arts Festival, Judson Memorial Church, and Seattle Center for Contemporary Arts. She holds a BA in Africana Studies from Brown University and an MFA from Temple University. Naima has been an artist in residence at The Millay Colony, The Vermont Studio Center, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and she's currently a Visual Art Fellow at The Tulsa Artist Fellowship.

Jack Straw Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFund, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs.


Recent exhibitions

The Final Image (August 9 - September 20, 2019) by Martin Jarmick

To Take the Shape of the Container (April 5 - June 8, 2019) by Erin Elyse Burns

Piano Drop (February 11 - March 17, 2019)

Silicone Love - Her Garden (September 7-November 9, 2018) by Chun Shao

to drown (June 1-July 13, 2018) by L Koo

Brain Goreng (April 13-May 18, 2018) by Matthew Thomas Shoemaker

blind film (February 9-March 30, 2018) by Sangjun Yoo

Mikawa (September 29-December 8, 2017) by Garrett Fisher and Tori Ellison

The New Landscape: Reconstructed Ecologies(June 16- August 4, 2017) by Roger Feldman and Jeff Roberts

Meditations on Water (April 14 - June 2, 2017) by City Meditation Crew with Vaughn Bell

Forgetting of Being (January 13 - March 24, 2017) by Rachel Green and Daniel Salo

CASTING SHADOWS (September 9 - October 28, 2016) by E.T. Russian

AUTONOMIC (July 8 - August 26, 2016) by Paul Kikuchi


Previous exhibitions

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Cultural Center, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to listen to our New Media Gallery artist podcasts and learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.


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