Tarrant County College Art Corridor II Presents “Black Codes From the Underground”

ARLINGTON, Texas (Jan. 31, 2011)


An art installation by Zoetina Veal and Adeniyi Olagunju, who explore issues of race and identity in their works.

The exhibit takes its title from the Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis’ album of the same name. Black codes were laws enacted after the emancipation proclamation that continued segregation and racial injustice in most of the southern United States.

Veal “documents the ways in which the descendants of slavery, apartheid, and other racially oppressive systems internalize self-hatred and devise systematic ways to separate the light- from the dark-skinned members of the race.” Olagunju on the other hand reveals that his “use of discarded materials and vibrant colors are a symbol of [his] dual African-European identity which [he] consider[s] important because making art is [his] way of unifying these two diverse cultures.”

All events are free and open to the public.


Thursday, February 3, through Thursday, March 3
Mon-Thurs, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Fri-Sat, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 17, 4-6:30 p.m.

Artist Lectures:
Thursday, February 17, 11 a.m., Campus Conference Center


Art Corridor II, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus
2100 Southeast Parkway
Arlington, TX 76018-3144


Christopher Blay, Curator

Media Contact: 817-515-5212