SUNRISE, SUNSET: Group show at Emerson Dorsch inspired by Edwidge Danticat’s eponymous story

Thu 30 Nov, 2017 - Fri 19 Jan, 2018
Jamilah Sabur, Untitled (rhombus cradling Mars west of the Sargasso Sea), 2017, video still, Courtesy Emerson Dorsch

Emerson-Dorsch has invited artists to consider Edwidge Danticat’s story “Sunrise, Sunset.” The video, paintings, sculptures and installations featured are part of a conversation that started just after Hurricane Irma spared Miami. Edwidge Danticat’s story Sunrise, Sunset, published in The New Yorker the same week of the storm, grows outward from its rich particulars, becoming a parable about the entropic nature of knowledge and the urgency to connect before it is too late.

The story’s first impact is that it takes place in Little Haiti, where the gallery is located. Tyler Emerson-Dorsch writes: “Even more than its details about place, this story’s specificity comes from the emotional landscape of a Haitian-American family. I am new to this neighborhood. Everybody is still cautious, a little curious and polite. The story opens a window I wanted to find.”

The story begins with a grandmother named Carole, whose memories are fading even as she worries about her daughter Jeanne’s persistent depression. Jeanne has just had a son, and she needs to snap out of her blues. Neither knows how to talk to the other anymore, and it is only getting harder. The way Danticat structures the story shows how art can reveal to an Other (whether a reader or a daughter) what direct communication cannot. The sentiments contained within the story reveal why the impetus behind the art is important. It comes down to mortality. All of us only have a little time to make understood what is most important to pass on. Now is our chance.

Jenny Brillhart (Born Keene, NH 1972. Lives Stonington, Maine.)
Elisabeth Condon (Born Los Angeles, CA 1959. Lives New York, NY and Tampa, FL.)
Robert Chambers (Born Miami, FL 1958. Lives Miami, FL.)
Clifton Childree (Born Birmingham, AL 1975. Lives Miami, FL.)
Walden Wendell Childree (Born Miami, FL 2012. Lives Miami, FL.)
Cara Despain (Born Salt Lake, UT 1983. Lives Miami, FL.)
Lynne Golob Gelfman (Born Waukegan, Illinois 1944. Lives Miami, FL.)
Arezou Ghavami (Born Tehran, Iran 1968. Lives Vienna, VA.)
Brookhart Jonquil (Born Santa Cruz, CA 1984. Lives Miami, FL.)
Karen Rifas (Born Chicago, IL 1942. Lives Miami, FL.)
Donna Ruff (Born Chicago, IL 1947. Lives Miami, FL.)
Jamilah Sabur (Born St. Andrews, Jamaica 1987. Lives Miami, FL.)
Onajide Shabaka (Born Cincinnati, OH 1948. Lives Miami, FL.)
Magnus Sigurdarson (Born Reyjavik, Iceland 1966. Lives Miami, FL.)
Robert Thiele (Born Milwaukee, WI 1941. Lives Miami, FL and New York, NY.)
Frances Trombly (Born Miami, FL 1976. Lives Miami, FL.)
Paula Wilson (Born Chicago, IL 1975. Lives Carrizozo, NM.)

Curated by Tyler Emerson-Dorsch

Thursday, November 30th, 6-9pm Opening party for Sunrise, Sunset
Friday, December 1, 12-5 pm
Saturday, December 2, 12-5pm
Sunday, December 3 Closed
Monday, December 4, 10am-9pm.
Rooftop performance program Deductions starting at 6pm.**
also featuring helper Tiki Minibar

Gallery Hours:
Wed-Sat 12-5pm

Emerson-Dorsch Gallery
5900 NW 2nd Ave
Miami FL 33127

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