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Exhibit featuring work of Masud Olufani to open June 25 at Rosa Parks Museum

June 22, 2020

A new exhibit by Atlanta-based, multidisciplinary artist Masud Olufani will open on June 25 at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum.

The exhibit, “Down Yonder, I Heard Somebody Calling My Name,” will be on display in the museum’s gallery and is available for viewing during the museum’s operating hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is no admission charge to view gallery exhibits.

“The Rosa Parks Museum is excited to host Down Yonder, I Heard Somebody Calling My Name by Masud Olufani,” said Donna Beisel, the museum’s assistant director. “Olufani’s work is especially significant in today’s political and sociological climate as it explores America’s history of bigotry and injustice.”

Olufani is a graduate of Arts High School in Newark, N.J., Morehouse College and The Savannah College of Art and Design, where he earned an M.F.A. in sculpture in 2013. He has exhibited his work in group and solo shows both nationally and internationally and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a South Art Prize state fellowship; a MOCA Working Artist Project Grant; and a Southwest Airlines Art and Social Engagement Grant. Olufani is a former artist-in-residence at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

In addition, his writing has been featured in Scalawag magazine, Burnaway, Bahai Teachings, and he was a contributing writer for the Jacob Lawrence Struggle Series catalogue, published by the Peabody Essex Museum. He is the co-host of Retroreport on PBS, a primetime investigative news show that looks at news events through the lens of history.

“Thematically my work addresses issues such as social stratification, economic destabilization, racial injustice, and the soul’s aspiration for transcendence,” Olufani said. “’Down Yonder, I Heard Somebody Calling My Name’ ties the thematic concerns of the work to the idea of call and response. The title refers to an internal calling of the soul that I attempt to answer through the language of visual art.”

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