'Destroy the man,
keep the body'
by stephen Hayes
Oct. 11 - nov. 8, 2019 | Anchorlight Wilmington
1 S. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Exhibition statement: 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in what is now the United States. Since the first ship landed, African-Americans have endured slavery, Black Codes and Jim Crow. Through all of this, the people that President Abraham Lincoln once referred to as a "troublesome presence" have persisted, standing together and supporting each other while fighting for the rights afforded in the U.S. Constitution.
The ancestors of African-Americans laid a strong foundation and each succeeding generation has lifted each other up. In "Destroy the Man, Keep the Body," artist Stephen Hayes uses sculpture and mixed media to offer a visual representation of these support systems and the challenges African-Americans have faced the last 400 years. #DestroytheManKeeptheBody
Gallery hours: Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. (Contact us for special tours)
Fourth Friday reception: Oct. 25, 6 to 9 p.m.
Closing reception: Nov. 8, 6 to 9 p.m.