Tone Memphis / 2234 Lamar Ave. July 10, 2021 - September 18, 2021

Amber Ahmad, Kevin Brisco, Brittney Boyd Bullock, TJ Dedeaux-Norris, Brandon J. Donahue, Ufuoma Essi, Ashanté Kindle, Amani Lewis, Madamefraankie, Lawrence Matthews, Lester Merriweather, Johnathan Payne, Freddie Rankin II, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Frank Stewart, Adrienne Elise Tarver, Ashley Teamer, Felandus Thames, D'Angelo Lovell Williams

On the Road: Chocolate Cities | Exploration of Space Across the Black Diaspora

On July 10th, 2021, TONE will be reopening its doors to unveil a brand new exhibition curated by Ghanianian-American curator and Co-Founder of ARTNOIR, Larry Ossei-Mensah. On The Road: Chocolate cities is one installment in a series of exhibitions Ossei-Mensah has curated across the country. The title gets its name from two literary texts: On The Road by Jack Kerouac and Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life. Both these texts explore the identity of place, and Ossei-Mensah wants to do the same here in our very own Chocolate City, Memphis, TN.

With contemporary art as his chosen tool, Ossei Mensah finds that the rich history of Historic Orange Mound specifically, and of Memphis as a whole more broadly, offers the perfect stage for the examination of Blackness and its intersections with place. This exhibition aims to identify a throughline that ties all people and places across the African Diaspora together.