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Artist Fahamu Pecou Speaks on ‘Re-Membering’ Art Exhibit Now Open at Island University

February 04, 2016

Fahamu Pecou Gallery

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Black masculinity. Negritude. Yoruba spirituality. Hip-hop bravado, pop culture and fine art. Those are words that are used to describe the artwork of Fahamu Pecou, an Atlanta, Georgia-based visual artist who is showcasing his exhibit, “Re-Membering,” at the Weil Gallery at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “Re-Membering,” which includes six paintings, will remain open until Friday, March 11. The exhibition, sponsored by the Department of Art at A&M-Corpus Christi, is free and open to the public during the Weil Gallery’s regular business hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“I use performance to blur the lines between popular culture and fine art,” said Pecou. “By using different characters, I create various engagements with the audience, which challenge conventional art presentations and encourage dialogue through the creation of unique experiences.”

Currently a Ph.D. student at Emory University Institute of Liberal Arts in Atlanta, Pecou maintains an active exhibition schedule and leads public lectures and speaking engagements at colleges and museums nationwide. His work is held in a collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Culture and at the Société Generale in Paris, France. Pecou’s work was also featured in two major television shows – Fox’s “Empire” and NBC’s “Blackish.”

“I’ve had many great experiences and a lot of success as an artist, but it wasn’t always like that,” said Pecou. “In fact, my career as an artist began out of frustration.”       

At an artist’s lecture held on January 29, before the opening of “Re-Membering,” Pecou told the crowd of Islander students that he began his career by marketing artists in the music entertainment industry.

“During the process of marketing hip-hop artists, I began to question not only the stereotypes that are engendered by the commodification of the hip-hop culture, but more, I considered how the influence of historic and social configurations of race, class and gender impact and inform these representations,” said Pecou. “My artwork seeks to provide a crucial intervention in contemporary representations of Black masculinity.”

“Re-Membering” is made possible through the generous support of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; the School of Arts, Media & Communication at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; the Cotillion Club of Corpus Christi; the Friends of the University Galleries: Ms. Louise G. Chapman, Honorable and Mrs. Robert C. Pate, Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, and Terria and Mike Schmidt.

For more information about Fahamu Pecou’s work, go to http://www.fahamupecouart.com/.

If you go:

“Re-Membering” Art Exhibit by Fahamu Pecou
Through Friday, March 11
Weil Gallery, Center for the Arts (first floor)
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public
For more information, contact Dr. Laura Petican at
laura.petican@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.5752