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May 3, 2019
Jul 20, 2019
141 N 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
10:00 am  - 5:00 pm

Damien Davis: Color Cargo

May 3 – July 20, 2019

Curated by Jennifer-Navva Milliken

Damien Davis (b. 1984) is a New York-based artist who explores historical representations of blackness by seeking to unpack the visual language of various cultures and to question how these societies code and decode representations of race. Using digital tools to shape layers of materials both natural and synthetic, Davis composes stories, told through a lexicon of graphic figures and shapes, that oscillate between the personal memories of the artist and chapters of human history. In Color Cargo, Davis examines the role of wood in the historical and current commercial transport of people and goods. Exploiting the seductive and subjective beauty of color and the power of color as a metaphor, Davis creates a deceptively appealing space for confronting bias and dehumanization in contemporary society.



First Fridays | May 3, June 7, July 5 | 5 – 8 PM

Gallery talk with the artist and curator | Fri, May 3 | 6 – 7 PM followed by opening reception

Hands-on workshop with the artist | Sat, June 8 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Closing artist’s talk | Sat, July 20 | 2 – 4 PM


For more information please contact Katie Sorenson, at 215-923-8000 or Interested in bringing a school group? Please contact Lori Reece at


The exhibition program at the Center is generously supported by the Cambium Giving Society of The Center for Art in Wood, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and Windgate Foundation. Corporate support is provided by Boomerang, Inc., Penn State Industries, Signarama Center City, and Sun-lite Corporation. 

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