‘Vivrant Thang’ Curated by Ciara Elle Bryant Inaugurates 500X’s New Space

by Christopher Blay August 11, 2020

Vivrant Thang at 500X in Dallas August 15 2020This weekend 500X Gallery will host the first physical show in its new space since moving from its original location of 42 yearsVivrant Thang, curated by Ciara Elle Bryant, will have a virtual reception on Saturday, August 15, from 7-8:30 PM, and will be on view online, and at the gallery through September 6 on Saturdays and Sundays by appointment.

Bryant, also an artist, has recently had her work at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas as part of the Nasher Windows project. That work was titled Server: A Streamed Revolution.

Ciara Elle Bryant-curator of 500x show-vivrant thang-August 16, 2020

Ciara Elle Bryant-curator of 500x show-vivrant thang-August 16, 2020.

The show at 500X will feature works from a dozen Black artists including Jeremy Biggers, Ari Brielle, Ciara Elle Bryant, Xxavier Edward Carter, LaShonda Cooks, Danielle Demetria East, Jer’Lisa Devezin, Elizabeth Hill, David-Jeremiah, Jas Mardis, Jamila Mendez, and Desireé Vaniecia. The show gets its name from rapper Q-Tip’s song of the same title, which in turn samples Love Unlimited Orchestra’s song I Wanna Stay.

Q-Tip’s definition of Vivrant Thang, from the French word vivant (alive/living) inspired Ciara, who sought to define the meaning of living from a Black woman’s perspective:

“Living is experiencing, persisting, breathing, surviving, flourishing, prospering, and providing nourishment.”

“As a member-run gallery, 500X has chosen to build a community that supports Black artists as well other artists of color. Black art should be shown everywhere, not in designated spaces or areas or only during specific times.”

For more on 500X and Vivrant Thang, please visit the website here.

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