Departure by Charly Palmer at the Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta

By July 03, 2021
Charly Palmer, Becoming; Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 62 inches.
Charly Palmer, Black Jesus; Mixed Media, 40 x 22 x 6 inches.
Installation of Departure by Charly Palmer at the Hammonds House Museum. Photography by Brian L. Christian.

Departure by Charly Palmer is a retrospective of thirty years of art infused with experience, an identity crisis, divided states, eminent domain, introversion, and a deepening appreciation for Black beauty. He is currently exploring the multiple meanings of departure from the time of the Middle Passage, through the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement, up until now. What does that mean for Black people, and what does it mean for him personally as he embarks on a new and unexpected direction to discover what’s next. The exhibition serves as a bridge between his older work and newer paintings, and includes mixed media and sculptural elements.

from the exhibition text

Installation of Departure by Charly Palmer at the Hammonds House Museum. Photography by Brian L. Christian.
Charly Palmer, Eminent Domain 2 – Memphis; Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches.
Charly Palmer, Man Next; Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches.
Installation of Departure by Charly Palmer at the Hammonds House Museum. Photography by Brian L. Christian.
Installation of Departure by Charly Palmer at the Hammonds House Museum. Photography by Brian L. Christian.
Charly Palmer, Release Me; Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 62 inches.
Charly Palmer, Telepath; Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 62 inches.
Installation of Departure by Charly Palmer at the Hammonds House Museum. Photography by Brian L. Christian.

Charly Palmer’s Departure is on view at Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta through August 1, 2021.

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