Nov 05 2021


5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

First Friday

November First Friday // November 5, 5–10pm

Join us for First Friday we’ll be open until 10pm! Please note that masks are required when visiting Artspace.

Special this First Friday in the Lobby is a Día de Muertos Ofrenda created by Artspace Studio Artist Peter Marin (Studio 105). This particular ofrenda honors all of the loved ones that we have lost, including those we have lost due to COVID 19. Anyone who would like to participate has an opportunity to bring a photograph or small object to represent a loved one. 

Artspace Studio Artist Adam Cohen will also be giving out 50 free screenprints in his studio 211!

Gallery 1: Vonnie Quest // Artist Residency: November 5-31, Exhibition: December 1-January 30

During his residency and exhibition at Artspace, Durham-based artist Vonnie Quest will re-image the former Rose Theater in Milwaukee, WI. Originally built in 1917, the 425 seat theater (later renamed the Regal theater) was built specifically for African American audiences. As often happened with black businesses created in the early part of the 20th century, the Rose Theater was demolished in 1958, its history erased. Quest’s decision to feature this recreation as the main anchor for his exhibition comes from his interest in exploring the intersections, mechanics, and deconstruction of narratives, place, and politics. Like Quest’s hometown of Milwaukee, Raleigh also has a history of gentrification that has threatened to erase the story of traditionally black spaces and businesses. Quest will use this installation to explore the concept of how narratives about people and places are written after their spaces have disappeared.

This project will bring the Afro Projection Lab to Raleigh while at the same time adding the additional component of the theater installation. Re-imagining the Rose Theater in conjunction with the Afro Projection Lab will create an immersive alternate future where the theater was never torn down and Black filmmakers are celebrated. 

While in residence, Quest will teach a workshop for young adults.  In the workshop, he will share his unique artistic process. 

Sponsored by South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gallery 2: This Ain’t That // featuring artwork by Brittany Santiago. This Ain’t That is a series of monthly shows by Byron Johnson and Daniel Hall, featuring the artwork of Brittany Santiago in Gallery 2. Save the date and join us for the final performance on November 13, 7pm, which will feature performances and conversations speaking to the rural American Southern, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Latin experiences including:

Upfront Gallery: Linette Knight // Artist Residency, November 5-December 31

During her two month stay in Artspace’s Upfront Gallery, crochet artist Linette Knight will work to reimagine her own artistic practice while engaging community members in the process. She will host a series of informal workshops to produce work in association, with the North Carolina Museum of Art to host twin artists Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute for Figuring. The goal is to create an artistic response to global warming and oceanic pollution, through hyperbolic crochet.

In the Building //  

Corridors, Winter Exhibition: Maria Frati (Studio 208), Davis Choun (Studio 202), and Mark Blanchard (Studio 107)

Outside: Familias Separadas