This exhibition honors native of Detroit, Raz Baaba Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts, a visual and performance artist who creates powerful works of art in several genres including drawings, collages, and prints. He is well known for his collages, which can often catch the viewer off guard. At first glance, the image may seem simplistic and straightforward. However, on closer inspection one realizes that there are layers of color, and juxtapositions of photographs, African symbols, and his special form of writing that reveals strong messages about the love of family and community, strength of character, the need for freedom and justice for all people, and the importance of honoring our ancestors on whose shoulders we stand.
In 2008, Pitts experienced a massive stroke that left him partially paralyzed and unable to speak. He has demonstrated his strength by continuing to fight his way back to doing what the creator has demanded of him - creating art, and challenging his viewers to never give up, and proving that he, and we, can accomplish anything we set our minds to do. In addition to his early works, we are pleased to present some of Pitts’ recent paintings.Raz Baaba Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts: Portraits of a Revolutionary Artist is free with museum admission.
Raz Baaba Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts: Portraits of a Revolutionary Artist is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.