Exhibition Dates: September 9th — October 7th
Liliana Bloch Gallery is proud to announce «40 Acres...Gumbo Ya — Ya», a solo exhibition by Letitia Huckaby. «40 Acres...Gumbo Ya -Ya» is a poetic examination of a promise made by Union General William Sherman for agrarian reform to enslaved African American farmers. Gumbo ya — ya is a colloquial term that means, “everybody talks at once.” In that regard, the artist is referencing broken agreements (just words) and the continual discussion (everybody talking at once) about the Blues originating past.
Huckaby’s images were taken in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, and they depict a rural southern landscape, the reality and longings of a neglected culture steeped in disappointment. Framed in vintage embroidery hoops, the landscape embodies the hopes and dreams of one generation to the next.
Huckaby holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston, Massachusetts in photography and a Master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. Huckaby has exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Center (PhotoNOLA) in New Orleans, Louisiana, The Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, Houston Art League, Texas, Dallas Contemporary, the Galveston Arts Center at Galveston, Texas, Renaissance Fine Art in Harlem, New York, New York curated by DeborahWillis, PhD; the McKenna Museum in New Orleans, and the Dallas African-American Museum.
Public projects include a piece along the Trinity River in Fort Worth at the 4th street trail-head site, and at the new Ella Mae Shamblee branch library in Fort Worth, Texas. Upcoming exhibitions include Ephemera Obscura at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans and Featured artist at Grand Rapids Art Museum for ArtPrize 9.