A new exhibit has opened on campus from a Southern University Alum by the name of, Lloyd G. Wade. Wade Retrospective Art Exhibition opened on October 31 in Hayden Hall, and will remain open until November 21.
The 11th Annual Homecoming Art Exhibition is Titled: “Lloyd G. Wade Retrospective: A Southern Homecoming.” This exhibit symbolizes the celebration of black people and the union of the people. From his retrospect chronicles of his different experiences in three cities; Baton Rouge, Chicago, Houston. Each piece holds its own powerful specific meaning that the room bore witness to.
One notable piece of art featured in the exhibit was “Keep Living Your Dream “ by Wade. According to Wade, the piece was meant to showcase the boldness of black women.
The piece was created to mirror an image and manages to be almost a carbon copy of the original. Featuring an African- American women, standing in front of a flag with a huge stick in her hand that is inscribed with the words “Keep Living Your Dream”, the piece is meant to exemplifies what all black women stand for, power and dignity. Wade expressed that this piece of art, “celebrates the black women.”
Lloyd G. Wade mentioned that this exhibit is the “glorification of loving yourself”, and the viewing audience voiced their own appreciation for what his stated motivations for the piece were.
“Strange Fruit” was a dark form of Adam with a cross on his chest holding a green apple. According to Wade’s description, the apple represents; knowledge, immortality, and sin. This piece featured an emphasis on spirituality and the essence of the subject. According to Ashton Norwood, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Baker, La., the exhibit was “profoundly unique and showcased Adam from the Holy Bible with so much masculinity,”
Wade chronologized his journey through life through three pieces: “Neo Soul,” and “The Kiss,” “Classic Man.” The pieces symbolize his life journey that molded him into the successful man he is today that coincides with the three cities that he has lived in. In Baton Rouge, Wade says that he was a “Neo Soul”, in Chicago, he received “The Kiss”, and in Houston, he became a “Classic Man”.
A piece lavished in color, “Mr. Winter Spring” by Wade makes a powerful statement as the piece is centred sololey on a black man in a suit with a cigar in his mouth, “The black man is so masculine, and, in this piece, he embodies power, braveness, and spunk,” said Cayla McKenzie a junior biology major, from Dubberly, La.
This homecoming art exhibit brings Lloyd Wade back home to where his journey first began at Southern University. As the saying goes, no place feels quite like home, “It feels good to be back home, “said Lloyd Wade.