two pieces of artwork with house roofs and hands.

Heather Hart, Oracular Rooftops (Believe, Stop), 2014Etching, aquatint, embossment, chine colle on paper, 15 x11 inches each. Courtesy of the artist and Davidson Gallery.

September 16, 2021–May 21, 2022
UBCFA Gallery

Free and open to the public

Heather Hart: Afrotecture (Re)Collection

September 16, 2021–May 21, 2022
UBCFA Gallery

How do we build a space of memory for ourselves and our communities in the future?

How do we envision a site of refuge, joy, and coalition for the historically marginalized?

These questions are at the center of Heather Hart: Afrotecture (Re)Collection, an exhibition that stems from the artist’s research on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. At UB CFA Gallery, Hart presents a sculptural installation that quotes the architecture of the motel balcony in order to revisit this critical moment in the Civil Rights Movement. The work explores the intersection of this collective national trauma and the individual and physical experience of the balcony as a site of memorialization. Designed to be activated by visitors, this exhibition serves as a gathering space and site for study and imaginings by UB students and the greater Buffalo communities.

About the artist:

Heather Hart, based in Brooklyn, is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the power in thresholds, questioning dominant narratives, and creating alternatives to them through viewer activation. She was awarded grants from Anonymous Was A Woman, the Graham Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation, NYFA, and Harpo Foundation. Hart co-founded Black Lunch Table in 2005 and has won a Creative Capital award, Wikimedia Foundation grants and an Andy Warhol Foundation of Art grant with that project. Her work has been exhibited at the Queens Museum, Storm King Art Center, The Kohler Art Center, NCMA, Eastern Illinois University, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and University of Toronto, Scarborough among others. Hart is a lecturer at Mason Gross School for Art + Design and a trustee at Storm King Art Center. She works with Davidson Gallery in New York and studied at Skowhegan, Whitney ISP, Cornish College of the Arts, Princeton University and received her MFA from Rutgers University.


Heather Hart: Afrotecture (Re)Collection is organized by Liz Park, Curator of Exhibitions, UB Art Galleries. Design and construction assistance was provided by Assembly House 150, Buffalo, NY. This project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.