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"What's Really Going On?" Art Exhibit

January 19 - March 1; Reception: Wednesday, Feb 7, 6-8 PM St. Paul Student Center, Larson Gallery

Inspired by Marvin Gaye's phenomenal protest project “What’s Going On” (1971), immerse yourself in a vibrant and thought-provoking exploration of art, history, and the ever-changing human experience with works by Savior Allen-Knight.

In his pivotal musical work, Gaye attempted to evoke beauty while commenting on an era of political turmoil, much like today’s charged landscape. Savior seeks, from the perspective of social uplift, to present canvases where the figure withstands exposure to indiscriminate adversity. This action of carefully deconstructing and reconstructing narratives manifests in a new interpretation of reality that demands change. This exhibition is an introduction to the profound undertaking of creating change and its physical, moral, and emotional consequences on the body and mind — art becomes a lens to view the creative love for humanity's unnoticed stories.

Join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, February 7 from 6-8 PM.The event will include free food. It will also include spoken word performances by Cyrus Jarja, Kai Wilson, and Saniah Bates beginning at 6:15pm. Sentiments by Savior Allen-Knight will follow. This event is in partnership with Black Student Union and Multicultural Student Engagement.

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