Library offers artist talk with Kevin Blythe Sampson


In this virtual talk presented by the Chilmark library on Wednesday, July 15, at 5 pm, Kevin Sampson, a featured artist in the Mariposa Museum’s exhibit “Freedom Songs,” will discuss his interactive, found-object assemblage being created at Union Chapel from July 12 to 19. Sampson will create a sculpture incorporating objects found on the Vineyard or donated by the community. Its theme will be “The Legend of the Flying Africans” from African American oral history. According to a press release from the library, in the sculpture, the Flying Africans will become a metaphor for the #Black Lives Matter movement, powered by youth who can no longer accept the failings of a society they are to inherit. Like the Igbos in the legend, they will don wings and sail toward change and a home offering a better future and new normal, the release says.

Sampson is a found-object assemblage artist from Ironbound, N.J. Raised in a civil rights family, the release says, his first career as a police detective in Newark gave him “a unique perspective on the human condition.”

Admission is free. Email to sign up for the Zoom invitation. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library. For more information, call 508-645-3360 or 508-560-1147.