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May 09, 2022

'Let The Cape Fly,' a solo exhibition by CIA student Derek Walker, to open at CWRU Art Studio Gallery

"Astronoir" by Derek Walker

On View: May 27 to June 3, 2022
Opening Reception: May 27, 6 to 9pm
Case Western Reserve University Art Studio Gallery
2215 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Public Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday

Derek Walker, a rising senior majoring in Painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art, is excited to announce Let The Cape Fly, a solo exhibition that celebrates and explores the durag, a popular hair garment in Black culture that is used to protect hairstyles.

Let The Cape Fly will be exhibited in the Art Studio Gallery at Case Western Reserve University, 2215 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 9pm Friday, May 27. The exhibition will be up through June 3.

The history of objects related to Black hair is complex. Walker’s work in Let the Cape Fly celebrates the significance of the durag while also responding to the historical stigmatization the cloth has faced by reclaiming it through the lens of Afrofuturism. These figurative works look toward the future by hinting at space-travel while other works pay homage to his hometown Cleveland.

This exhibition is a culmination project under the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Creativity Works internship. Participating students are tasked with organizing a project of their choice with a community partner over the course of the semester, all while practicing professionalism and gaining knowledge useful to their future career in the arts.

For more information, visit or @derekwalkerart on Instagram.

Creativity Works is made possible by the generous support of the Fenn Educational Fund and the G.R. Lincoln Family Foundation.

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