‘America’s Original Sin’ exhibit to open July 1 at TROY’s Rosa Parks Museum

The new exhibit will open with an Artist Talk with Willie Little and opening reception at 6 p.m. on July 1.

The new exhibit will open with an Artist Talk with Willie Little and opening reception at 6 p.m. on July 1.

A new exhibit, opening July 1, at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will tackle topics such as racism, social justice and the artist’s memories of growing up on a tobacco farm in eastern North Carolina.

Willie Little’s exhibit “America’s Original Sin” will open at 6 p.m. on July 1 with an artist talk and opening reception in the museum’s gallery. Exhibits in the museum’s gallery are free for viewing during normal operating hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Little’s exhibit will run through September.

Little’s visual narratives document a fading part of rural southern life, and installations are layered with humor, irony complexity and contradiction. His art brings found objects to life in his works, challenging viewers to open their minds and hearts to seek unexpected truths, and incorporates sculpture, painting, sound installations, constructed architecture, recycled memorabilia and real-life stories.

“Resistance to me means using my platform, my voice to speak out unapologetically to what I hear, see and experience – being a witness through the work,” Little said. “I use examples and layers to call out injustices, past and present.”

Little, who currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area and Portland, Oregon, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His solo exhibits include the Smithsonian Institution, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Froelick Gallery in Portland, the Noel Gallery in Charlotte, and the American Jazz Museum. Notable group exhibitions include the Corcoran and the California Folk Art Museum.

He also participated in The Hourglass Project: Baggage, an internationally renowned residency and exhibition program, which toured venues throughout South Africa, Belgium, and Mozambique; the work is archived in a catalog published by Caversham Press.

​His most recent exhibit, “The Shacks my Daddy Built,” was featured at the Froelick Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

“Willie Little’s exhibit helps continue the conversation we have in our main spaces,” said Madeline Burkhardt, the museum’s Adult Education Coordinator. “By connecting past with present social justice issues, Little allows visitors to learn about history through a visual arts lens. The museum is excited to once again host a thought-provoking and challenging exhibition.”

For additional information, contact the museum at 334-241-8615.