Located in a space by a small tidal strait called the “Buttermilk Channel”, is a solo exhibition by artist Derrick Adams at Pioneer Works, which ran from June 10 to July 17. The essence of Adams’ solo exhibition captures the black stereotypes being portrayed in the media and beyond. In one of the exhibition spaces at the venue, there are nine lamp sculptures with braided wigs over them, which shows the dramatization of black culture in our society and how it is portrayed in the media through those nine hairstyles. Additionally, there are other pieces that contribute to the message about what is happening with all these black stereotypes in popular culture, including the color bar images present. By pointing them out, Adams’ aims to garner more appreciation of black culture, not just what the stereotypes present. His message and purpose for this exhibit was strong and clear. The entire exhibit was successful in doing so, as it not only utilized just one form of media, but multiple ones to captivate visitors and reveal what is still happening in society today. In addition, throughout the entire exhibit, the number nine was prevalent as well, which alluded to the color bar image. There was also a collage of video stills of Miss Cleo from a psychic pay-per-call in a dim space that existed between 1997 and 2003, with her psychic hotline. Within the same space, there are multiple yoga mats with pillows for visitors to allow themselves to be captivated in the midst of Miss Cleo.
Christina Grimmie was born on March 12, 1994 and passed away on June 10, 2016 when she was just 22 because of gunshot wounds, following her concert performance with Before You Exit at Orlando, Florida. Grimmie is known as a YouTuber who was also featured on season 6 of The Voice. She was on Team Adam and finished in third place. She was managed by Selena Gomez’s stepfather Brian since she was 14, and so she was close with Selena throughout the years. Grimmie had the opportunity to join Gomez’s “We Own The Night” tour in 2011 when she was just 17. She released her own original songs as well as covers on her Youtube channel. One of her original songs is “Tell My Mama,” which was released two years ago. Her last cover before her passing was with Before You Exit, which was also performed on the tour; they performed “Let It Go” by James Bay.
Grimmie’s most viewed cover was “Just a Dream” by Nelly with over 120 million views and counting with Sam Tsui and Kurt Hugo Schneider . She covered this song when she was just 16 years old (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2RA0vsZXf8).
Throughout all her life, Grimmie was kind to others and always did good things. As Selena Gomez mentioned, just moments before dedicating the song “Transfiguration” in honor of Grimmie, “she had faith”. Charlie Puth , Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony, and others also paid their respects to Grimmie at their concerts.
She was very talented and her participation in The Voice in 2014 gave her the national and worldwide recognition that she deserved. After The Voice, she was finally signed to a major record label, Island Records. But unfortunately this didn’t last long as the record label dropped her.