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Luminary First Look: Opening Night of Gio Swaby: Fresh Up



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  • $50

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Join Luminary members and special invited guests to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Gio Swaby: Fresh Up. Together, we’ll take an in-depth look at the artist’s first-ever career retrospective, featuring many of her richly colored, large-scale, mixed-media works. Preview the exhibition before it opens to the public, then enjoy a cocktail reception with the artist, curators, and fellow members.

Attendance at First Look is exclusive to Luminary members, special guests, and exhibition sponsors. Invitations will be sent to eligible individuals, and advance registration by March 29 is required.


Photograph of a young Black woman, artist Gio Swaby, in a jean jacket embellished with floral patches and light-pink sweatpants, a broad smile on her red lips. She stands with a textile artwork at left of a silhouetted Black woman with clothing of bright striped and floral fabrics.

Gio Swaby is a multidisciplinary artist whose textile-based practice explores the intersections of Blackness and womanhood. This exhibition—Swaby’s first solo museum show—brings together seven of Swaby’s series from 2017 through 2021. The title of the show, Fresh Up, developed with the artist, is a Bahamian phrase often used as a way to compliment someone’s style or confident way of being. Swaby has remarked, “It holds a lot of positivity and joy. It also speaks to the tone of confidence and power that I want to create with these works. I love that it is a way to form connections through a simple phrase.”


Interested in increasing your donation in order to attend? Please reach out to us at to join a dedicated community of art enthusiasts and begin enjoying all the exclusive benefits of Luminary, including compelling programs with artists and curators, behind-the-scenes tours, VIP tickets, and invitations to travel.


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