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Happenings in the galleries this month show varied views

By Barbara Schreiber

Celebrate the South

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture, through June 15

Three concurrent exhibitions explore the African-American experience in the South.

“I Got Freedom Up Over My Head” is striking. While living in Birmingham, Ala., Canadian photographer Julie Moos was invited to document the senior sisters of New Pilgrim Baptist Church, many of whom were civil rights activists or otherwise powerful forces in the community. Wearing the elaborate hats they are known for, they sat for Moos in a portable studio she set up at the church. Moos typically photographs her subjects in pairs and uses stark backgrounds, giving her work much visual and psychological drama.

Also on view are “A Spiritual Journey of Life: Jonathan Green” and “Etched In The Eyes: David Herman, Jr. ” These shows explore the slowly disappearing Gullah Geechee culture of coastal Virginia, the Carolinas and north Florida from the perspective of artists who know it well.

704-547-3700; www.ganttcenter.org.

poetics of erratic materialism

LACA Projects

LaCa (Latin American Contemporary Art) Projects, the most recent addition to the city’s art scene, opened March 21 with “poetics of erratic materialism,” an exhibition by Argentinian painter Juan Dolhare that closes April 18.

Future exhibitions will be curated by both in-house and guest curators. This large, sleek space is at 1429 Bryant St., in the emerging FreeMoreWest neighborhood, just beyond uptown. Artist studios will be ready for occupancy this summer.

704-609-8487; www.lacaprojects.com.

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