SMU’s Hamon Arts Library presents "Narrative as Reality: A World Reimagined" opening day

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Narrative as Reality: A World Reimagined
Dominic Chambers, “The Night is Our Friend,” oil on canvas. Photo courtesy of SMU’s Hamon Arts Library

Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum and his wife, Jessica, are lending 10 paintings from their art collection to SMU’s Hamon Arts Library for the exhibit "Narrative as Reality: A World Reimagined." Each piece represents a unique visual narrative of the Black experience.

The Beachums began acquiring art in 2013 as a way to understand life through the lenses of visual artists. In nine years, they have assembled a significant collection of works by both well-known and emerging artists.

The exhibit includes an oil on canvas by Dominic Chambers, recently included on Forbes’ "30 Under 30" list as one of the most exciting emerging artists of his generation. Artist Ryan Cosbert’s painting, "Mayhem No. 2," is part of a series she started after George Floyd’s 2020 death. Multidisciplinary artist Robert Hodge used reclaimed paper from the sidewalk and movie posters in his Houston neighborhood for his work, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."

Other artists represented in the exhibit include Mario Moore, Robert Pruitt, Nelson Makamo, Delita Martin, Sungi Mlengeya, Athi-Patra Ruga and Ferrari Sheppard.

Following the opening day, the exhibit will be on display through May 22.

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SMU Hamon Arts Library
6100 Hillcrest Ave.
Dallas, TX 75275