The Red Bull Arts events in New York City and Detroit this year will be united through a traveling solo exhibition. The event is by artist and stylist Akeem Smith and it marks a "deeply personal project" which tells the story of what it was like to grow up between New York and Jamaica, with a specific emphasis on the Dancehall scene in the 90s.
This is the first Red Bull Arts traveling exhibition and it could be regarded as somewhat of an experiment. The event is titled 'Akeem Smith: No Gyal Can Test' and it will feature various retro artifacts — like VHS tapes, for example, and some photography. The exhibition will be open to the public of New York City on April 9th and it will run until June 28th. Thereafter, it will travel to Detroit.
Image Credit: Akeem Smith/ Red Bull Arts
Red Bull Arts Debuts a Travelling Solo Exhibition by Akeem Smith
1. Retro-themed Exhibits - There is an opportunity for more museums and event organizers to create exhibitions that feature retro objects to create nostalgia and bring back old memories.
2. Cultural Storytelling - Artists and curators can create exhibitions that focus on cultural storytelling and highlight personal experiences to bring awareness and celebrate diversity.
3. Traveling Solo Exhibitions - There's a chance for more museums and galleries to experiment with traveling solo exhibitions, as they open up more opportunities to engage with audiences in different locations and markets.
1. Art Exhibition Industry - There's an opportunity for art exhibition organizers to feature more underrepresented artists and create awareness around diversity and inclusion.
2. Entertainment Industry - The entertainment industry can leverage the popularity of retro-themed exhibitions to create new TV shows, movies, and music that feature elements from the past.
3. Tourism Industry - The tourism industry can develop more experiences that take visitors on a journey to experience cultural artifacts from different parts of the world.