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James R Shirley: Black Then

February 9, 2019 - April 28, 2019


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About This Exhibition

Black Then presents seven of Jim Shirley’s monotypes from the collections of Mount Saint Vincent University and Dalhousie University.  A writer and artist, Shirley moved from New York City to Nova Scotia in 1972 where he lived in Cape Breton and then Halifax until 1979.  Contextualized by Shirley’s emphasis on reflection and self-portraiture, Black Then attempts to offer insight on what it was like for the artist to be Black and male in Nova Scotia in the 1970s.

Shirley has lived in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, since 1979 where he is founder and coordinator of the Matchbox Gallery.