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December 4, 2007- December 31, 2007

TA-COUMBA AIKEN: Reflectrospective

In mid-November Ta-coumba Aiken opened Call & Response at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Like all his work, the new pieces in his MIA show hold, as their guiding principal, to lift the human spirit. His exhibition is a celebration of creativity, painting and community. "Call and Response is an expansive call to artists, children, community and gallery visitors.

Reflectrospective is a continuing of Call & Response, a deeper investigation of his process, the process of collaboration, the connection and connections between artist and audience, between artist and community. The show will include several new paintings, one occurring in real time during the run of the show, and a few 3-D works, painted bottles.

The show opens on Tuesday, December 4th, with an open gallery gathering from 6p to 9p, and runs through Monday, December 31st.

Public Reception Sunday, December 9th from 1p to 4p

Gallery Talk Tuesday, December 18th beginning at 7p

"This is one of the best shows you've had in five years. Everybody should see this work."

"The longer I look at these pieces, the more I see. Ta-coumba is amazing."

"I love the way he sees people..."

These are just some of the comments from the guest book during December's Reflectrospective of Ta-coumba Aikin's work on paper.

The opening was filled with friends and newcomers, all equally enthralled by the work.

The gallery talk was intimate, thoughtful, communal, personal.

The energy of the show lingers, recalling Ta-coumba's stating he makes all his art to lift the human spirit.