Community Action Day: I Am Present

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Community Action Day: I am Present

May 21, 2017 (3-5pm)

It will be a day to reflect, heal and act in support of our community. This day of action will bring together an amazing group of women artists that, with you, and other community members will bring action and attention to the many cases of missing black and brown girls in the Bronx and adjacent cities. We will use creativity to heal, express ourselves and be present with each other. We will have tables filled with art materials for artists and community members to work together. We will also have a table for children to create.

The Action Day will be videotaped to have an online resource for spreading the message and awareness in regards to our missing girls. Come be part of a collective wall of words and be part of this wonderful thoughtful day.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: “Hombres de Arcilla” (Men of Clay) showcases Alberto Villalobos’ collection of 43 hand-made clay masks. These masks honor the memory of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico. About his work, Villalobos says “for me, clay represents the fragility of life, yet the resilience of the human spirit. I hope that by giving faces to the disappeared, their memory may live on.”

Photo Credit: Barbara Reeley Graphic design: Meagan Van Ahn

Mark Bradford: Receive Calls on Your Cell Phone from Jail

The work of Mark Bradford has had a personal and professional impact on my life as an art lover and arts administrator. His work has been a pivotal reminder of the importance of art as a tool for social justice and societal reflection. I have often looked to his artwork for inspiration and reflection. Visiting Receive Calls on Your Cell Phone From Jail (2003) was a breathtaking experience, and I have tried to include photos with a variety of details so that you may view the skill, process and genius in his work. The work is a grid of thirty-eight paintings comprising posters that convey the challenges surrounding receiving collect calls from prison on one’s cell phone. For more information on the work you may click here.

Intergalactic Soul

Jason Woodberry’s “Dark Matter”

Intergalactic Soul is an art exhibition that brings science fiction and social awareness together as one. The artwork explores a cosmic sci-fi theme that’s driven by social, political and cultural undertones. Imagination meets consciousness to create a show with a message for all to ponder, discuss and enjoy.

Marcus Kiser’s “Lasers Not Losers”

Intergalactic Soul art exhibition  is at the Harvey B. Gantt center of African-American Art in Charlotte, NC through Sept 27, 2015.

Intergalactic Soul is the visual work of artist Marcus Kiser & Jason Woodberry. Quentin Tally is the performance artist and narrator.

Marcus Kiser’s “Kosmic Kulture Krunch”

Marcus Kiser’s “Kosmic Kulture Krunch”

¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York

So excited for this upcoming survey of The Young Lords Organization, which will be held at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museul del Barrio, and Loisada, Inc. Below is the information describing the show from the press release:

¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, and Loisaida Inc.
¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York
is a multi-venue artistic and cultural survey of The Young Lords Organization—a radical social activist group founded by Puerto Rican youth in the 1960s that demanded reform in health care, education, housing, employment, and policing. Exhibitions of art and archival materials at three cultural institutions in New York City will explore how the Young Lords’ activities, community-focused initiatives, and their affirmation of Puerto Rican identity inspired artists from the 1960s to the present day, and had a major impact on the City and the social history of the United States.

Young Lords will include public and educational programs across partnering venues to build awareness of the Young Lords’ innovative contributions to the struggle for civil rights and influence on contemporary artists, and to spark conversations about grassroots community activism today. The institutions partnering in ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York are all located in neighborhoods where the Young Lords were most active, and each exhibition reflects on the Young Lords’ activities in that part of the City.