Famous Simmons Brother Book Signing in Jackson

If you don’t know Danny Simmons, you’re no doubt familiar with at least one of his projects, and you most certainly know his famous siblings; Reverend Run and Russell Simmons.  Danny and Russell are the brains behind HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, but beyond the hit show and the high-profile relatives, Danny has made a name for himself as an abstract expressionist artist, author, poet, and philanthropist.

As the co-founder and Chairman of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Danny founded Rush Arts Gallery and Corridor Gallery, both of which serve as an exhibit platform and springboard for under-exposed artists with no commercial representation or backers.

Art piece by Danny Simmons
Courtesy of dannysimmons.net

A showing of Simmons’ own artwork along with pieces from his personal African art collection will be on display at Gallery 1 in Jackson during the month of February. The display was made possibly through the joint efforts of Gallery 1 and Jackson State University. The title of the exhibit, “I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home” is also the title of an art and poetry book by Simmons.  Gallery 1 director Kimberly Jacobs believes that the ancestral and spiritual themes in Simmons’ work will help broaden the community’s view of African-American and African art.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held at Gallery 1 on February 6th at 5 p.m. On February 7th, there will be a poetry reading and book signing at JSU’s Student Center at 7 p.m.

Get more info at Gallery 1 (601-979-9250)  1100 John R. Lynch St, Jackson MS

Jackson State University Student Center ( 601-979-2121) 1400 John R. Lynch St. Jackson MS

Related article at Jackson Free Press

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