LaMar Gayles an Art, Craft, And Design Historian, Archaeo(gem)ologist, and Jeweler who specializes in utilizing artistic experiential practices, experimental archaeology, and historical reproduction as modes of understanding visual rhetoric and artifacts from the past. He is a recent Cum Laude BA graduate of St. Olaf College with a triple major in Art History (with distinction), Ethnic Studies, and Ethno-Aesthetics & Archaeological Materiality. He is currently enrolled in University of Illinois at Chicago’s Museum and Exhibition Studies program (MUSE) and works as the Executive Director of Union Street Gallery a multivalent non profit Southland area arts organization in Chicago Heights.
Conjuring Black Histories in Jewelry
December 14, 2019 – February 28, 2020
South Side Community Art Center, 3731 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
The first ever exhibition focusing solely on Black Diasporic Jewelry. Conjuring: Black Histories in Jewelry draws from the African American tradition of Conjure which comes from voodoo and other Black Diaspora religions.