MONTGOMERY — Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum is currently hosting a joint exhibition of work from two regional artists—Jim Harrison III and Erika Hibbert.
“Migrations and Barriers: Works by Erika Hibbert and Jim Harrison III” is on display inside the Rosa Parks Museum’s exhibit hall Oct. 3 through Nov. 27.
Harrison is the owner and director of Harrison Galleries in Tuscaloosa and serves as the Chairman of the Alabama State Council on the Arts. His most recent work as an artist consists of large-format photographs of the graffiti covered Berlin Wall. Harrison’s photographs capture the messages of love and human connectivity that adorned the barrier that once separated Germany.
“By examining this former barrier to freedom and openness, Harrison challenges the audience to see the personal and the intimate in the architecture of oppression,” said Daniel Neil, curator of the Rosa Parks Museum. “Harrison’s lens suggests that the small acts of individuals can transform enormous systems of disparity.”
Atlanta-based artist Hibbert explores the contemporary world of migration and the potential for human redemption in the face of large-scale strife and social unrest through her collage and installation pieces.
Coming of age in South Africa during the transition from state-sanctioned apartheid, Hibbert’s work is a personal journey of reinvention and redemption.
“The recurring motif of the bowl in her work and its capacity to be filled and create sustenance asks us to consider what capacities we have for new growth and new experiences,” Neil said.
Both artists will discuss their work during a Gallery Talk at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The exhibit hall at the Rosa Parks Museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information on this exhibit or other upcoming events, contact curator Daniel Neil at (334) 241-8701.