The kitchen table has always been a place for people to gather, reflect, talk, work, celebrate, and most importantly, come together for meals with family or friends. Inspired by her seminal body of work “Kitchen Table Series,” by influential and 30 Americans artist Carrie Mae Weems, the COMMUNITY LIBRARY project includes a table, six chairs, mobile cart, and over 25 selected books relating to themes presented in the exhibition 30 Americans at the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA). The exhibition showcases work by some of the most significant African American artists of the last four decades who explore race, gender, and historical identity in contemporary context.
Hosted at TMA and the Dunbar Pavilion, an African American cultural center located in the Dunbar/Spring neighborhood, each COMMUNITY LIBRARY includes art, history, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction books that highlight essential African American authors, artists, poets, and histories for multigenerational audiences. The goal of the COMMUNITY LIBRARY project is to foster a shared experience and cross-community dialogue where visitors have the opportunity for a moment of reflection, learn something new, or engage in conversation.