Paul R. Jones Museum to Show Graduate Student Exhibit “Mecca”

I'd Rather Two Step Than Waltz (part 2 of 3), Amalia Amaki, 2001, mixed media.
I’d Rather Two Step Than Waltz (part 2 of 3), Amalia Amaki, 2001, mixed media.

The Paul R. Jones Museum will feature the curatorial work of seven University of Alabama graduate students from March 2 to April 27.

The exhibition, “Mecca: Atlanta, Harlem, Miami and Beyond,” is the culminating project of Dr. Sharony Green’s Gender, Race, and Urban space course, which is designed to help students better understand the degree to which Harlem and Atlanta are “black meccas.”

According to a group statement, “This exhibit is a multi-layered look at the idea of mecca as revealed initially in Harlem and Atlanta, two spaces to which people of African descent have migrated since the early 20th century. Ideas about movement and community give way to deeper thoughts about self, racial and gender identity, and expectation.”

For the exhibition, each of the students selected a group of works from the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art and wrote a personal statement discussing the nuanced themes related to meccas that were present in the works.

Final themes include community, hope, the continuation of racism, space, women, prosperity and time.

The Paul R. Jones Museum is located at 2308 Sixth St. in downtown Tuscaloosa. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and the first Friday of every month from noon to 8 p.m.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.