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“Must see current exhibit by Timothy Orikri”

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Ranked #6 of 130 things to do in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Museum serves to document, preserve and educate the public on the history, life and culture of African Americans.
Reviewed August 12, 2009

The paintings of Timothy Orikri bring light into darkness in his current exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. One just has to walk in the room to feel the energy generated by his brilliant use of color and form. From the juxtaposition of his native "Hip Dancers" to “Dancer’s Secret,” a painting of teenage girls in a ballet class, his native African roots and love for his new homeland, America, are evident with each brush stroke.

As the City of Detroit struggles in these difficult times, his own struggles as an artist show through in his loving creation of a series of painting of Motown, vibrant and hopeful. On one wall, a painting of President Obama hangs in honor of our first African American president and as a testament to hope for this nation. While Orikri’s quiet tribute to his deceased brother, Dan, an accomplished musician, is represented by two of the “I Remember Dan” series. With all this, there are yet others to capture your attention such as an African seascape and multimedia mask interpreted in a contemporary format.

There is no way to prepare you for the experience of Timothy Orikri’s artistry. Your breath will literally be taken away as you enter the room. Beyond the brilliant colors and forms, lie the subtleties that will cause you to linger and absorb what you see and feel. Iridescence is described as an optical phenomenon--indeed, a good description for this artist’s creative endeavors.

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Reviewed July 5, 2009

I've been to this museum several times as a parent and as a teacher with a school group. It's very nicely done! I highly reccommend the guided tour! It takes you through history... life in Africa, slavery, getting a job at the auto plant in Detroit, etc. It was awesome! Most appropriate for 10 years and up.

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Reviewed June 26, 2005

Our visit was an amazing experience. The architecture of the building is beautiful and inspiring. We enjoyed the Negro Baseball League exhibit. The layout of the permenant exhibit uses multiple media to give the visitor unique insight to the sufferings and sucesses of African-American people. The Slave Fort and Middle Passage rooms do tend to bring on an emotional response. Black, White or other: this should be on everyone's "not to be missed" list. It was well worth more the price of admission.

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Reviewed February 22, 2003

As a text for reviewing African American History the museum offers something that text books can't it offers the hands on experiance of seeing the trials and tribulations of the African American people. For someone who is interested in this experiance or the study of African American history this Museum is an excellent text at an affordable price.

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