up•pi•ty- putting on or marked by airs of superiority: arrogant, presumptuous.

This show is about people of color that have redefined what it means to live and be black. Whether it’s through satire, music, politics, etc these characters have pushed the boundaries of their genres, rein­terpreting the definition of what we perceive as black culture.

While researching characters for the show I noticed a trend I was gravitating towards. I’ve always admired the bold and outspoken. The cats that aren’t afraid to be who they are and who most secretly want to be like. The ones that pull no punches and stand behind their words. To me, those are the ones that were always worth admir­ing.

Hey Denver. We had such a success with our soft opening with @hieroveiga we are running it back this Saturday, same time same place 5-10pm. This time we are going to dive in to the messaging behind the meaning of “Uppity” and have an artist Q&A. Add us to your weekend plans and come see our newest installation.

Posted by ILA Gallery on Tuesday, 25 February 2020