When: May 17-Aug. 17, 7 p.m. 2012
Bernice Mitchell Tate is consistently recognized for her mixed-media sculptural collages, which is why College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture is presenting her work in Remembering “Her” Time: The Art of Bernice Mitchell Tate. The exhibit aims to honor the collective spirit of female identity and African-American women through a tribute to Tate’s mother, Veronica Robinson-Mitchell of Sheldon, S.C. Additionally, this collection is also a celebration of Lowcountry culture and authentic Gullah-Geechee heritage. It features actual quilts made by Tate’s mother, which are juxtaposed with Tate’s work throughout the exhibit to show how material culture can be transformed into art. Tate co-developed the method of fused continuity, which involves digitizing selected design elements or entire quilts into a digital library format, which are then reproduced on specially treated overlay sheets and applied in superimposed patterns to the surface of “anything” to create the visual content of her work.