1619 Flux: Art + Activism is participating in the April 5th Republic Bank First Friday Hop


The Republic Bank First Friday Hop event is every First Friday and includes Downtown art galleries, retailers, and restaurants that will be open all day and extended hours in some locations withspecials/discounts and refreshments. This family-friendly and open-to-the-public event takes place all day long all over Downtown Louisville from West main to NuLu and as far South as Broadway.

1619 Flux: Art + Activism is participating in the May 3rd Republic Bank First Friday Hop. Please stop by from 5pm to 9pm on your Louisville art gallery tour and check out our new exhibition, “Montage Lives! Our Artistic Past Informs The Future”. It’s going to be a lot of fun, so be sure not to miss out!

Friday, May 3rd
5:00pm – 9:00pm

Drinks & Appetizers Served

1619 Flux: Art + Activism
1619 West Main Street
Louisville, Ky 40203

1619flux.org | info@1619flux.org


Exhibit runs February 16th to May 19th
open on Saturdays 11am to 3pm

1619 Flux is proud to present our newest exhibition, “Montage Lives! Our Artistic Past Informs The Future”. Featuring works of art from members of the historical artist collective “Montage”.

In the 1970’s sculptors, Ed Hamilton, William M. Duffy and artist Gloucester Caliman Coxe grouped with fellow African-American artists to form Montage, an artist collective that worked with young artists in an effort to show them how to improve and exhibit their work.

As individual African-American artists creating artwork that conveyed political messages, ethnic images and often contained provocative imagery, it was difficult to find venues willing to display their work. The montage was formed as a way for these artists to not only encourage one another to keep creating but with the intent to build a community and showcase their art as a cohesive coalition as opposed to individual artists.

The collective faced many hardships throughout the years. Many outside of the group did not understand what they were doing and thus became suspicious of them to the point where they often had to deal with the presence of police officers at their gatherings. Over the years, several members of Montage moved away to cities with more readily available opportunities. The members that stayed (including the group’s founders) did so in an effort to continue the artistic community they built in their city and to continue supporting each other as well as all up-and-coming artists in Louisville.

Original Montage Artists:

Ed Hamilton

Gloucester Caliman “G.C.” Coxe

William M. Duffy

Bill Buchannan | Eddie Davis

Sylvia Clay | Robert (Bob) Carter

David Cooper | Janice Carter

Gretchen Bradleigh | George Embers

Andrew Jackson | Janet Finger

Montage Lives! Features Artwork By:

Ed Hamilton

Gloucester Caliman “G.C.” Coxe

William M. Duffy

Bill Buchanan

David Cooper

George Embers

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