Return to Parrish Street: A Dream Realized

17 August - 21 October 2023

Dream Keeper Langston Hughes, 1932


Bring me all of your dreams,

You dreamers,

Bring me all of your

Heart melodies

That I may wrap them

In a blue cloud-cloth

Away from the too-rough fingers

Of the world.

Taking inspiration from Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, the exhibition’s title is based on two poems: A Dream Deferred (1951) and The Dream Keeper (1932). Within Hughes’ extensive body of work on the subject, this pair of poems embodies the aspirational elements of dreams as goals, and their more enigmatic form as mysterious portals to the subconscious.


In this joint presentation, Clarence Heyward, Kennedi Carter and Ransome traverse the terrain of dreams through portraits and photography that probe perception, identity, and vulnerability. Together their work creates a visual dialog around dreams that brings Hughes’ prose to life.


A Dream Deferred, Langston Hughes, 1951
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
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Press release

Ella West Gallery Opens August 19 with Inaugural Exhibition  

Celebrating Black Artistic Expression and Honoring Historic Location Exhibition Return to Parrish Street: A Dream Realized on View August 19–October 21, 2023