The Cleo Rogers Memorial Library had its official open house in December, 1969. One of the very first exhibits to take place in the new building was an African Art exhibit which opened in late January, 1970, in the library’s gallery on the plaza level. The exhibit was part of a two-month long program developed by the Human Relations Commission called "Africa and Black and White America”. In the fall of that same year the Human Relations Commission then organized the "Columbus Black Arts Festival”, which took place over six weeks. All but one event was held at the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library.
Archival/Revival revisits these inaugural and transformative exhibitions through a series of engaging, interactive, and programmable “thresholds/moments” that allow visitors to explore their historical significance to our present and future realities. The installation is both sculptural, with elements representing key figures revived from the archive, and virtual. Augmented reality (AR) documents and artworks can be viewed via a mobile phone or tablet.
Olalekan Jeyifous is a visual artist who has exhibited at venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA, and the Guggenheim Bilbao. He is a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow, and has received grants from the New York State Council and the Brooklyn Arts Council. He has recently completed artist residencies with the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions program, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. In addition to his extensive exhibition history, he has spent over a decade creating large-scale public artwork.