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Our Artists Are Everywhere!

September 30, 2014

We noticed recently that quite a few artists we’ve worked with—from Create Change alumni to special edition print artists—are currently exhibiting work in museum and gallery shows across NYC and beyond. We’ve compiled a short list of some of these exhibitions (drop us a line if we’ve missed any)!

 

Derrick Adams

LIVE and IN COLOR (solo exhibition)

Jack Tilton Gallery

8 East 76 Street New York, NY 10021

Through Oct 18

 

Derrick

 

A collection of faceted wood sculpture and large-scale mixed media collage, LIVE and IN COLOR captures the bold character-dramatizations of black figures in entertainment. Exaggerated gestures and body language, interlaced with hard-edged blocks of color and patterns, provide the subject with heightened emotion and theatrical presence. Specifically, LIVE and IN COLOR speaks to the colorful, larger than life personalities of people of color as historically portrayed to the general public on national TV, and the exaggeration of their psychological attributes and mannerisms in popular culture. Read more.

 

Check out Derrick’s 2014 print, Shade, in our Shop.

Read our interview with Derrick here.

 

Seyi Adebanjo

Trans Lives Matter!

Through Nov. 19

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Wooster Street Window Gallery (26 Wooster St., New York)

 

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Queer Art Mentorship presents an exhibition of eight large scale photos by Seyi Adebanjo, artist, activist, QAM fellow, and 2014 Create Change Fellow. Selected from a series of photographic and video works that document Black trans community rallies, their empathic eye bears witness to people as they collectively grieve, give each other strength, and voice outrage at, “Cops, court, racism, jail, transphobia, prison, neighborhood violence, policing, classism and profiling. The level of criminalization and violence we deal with at the intersection of our Black trans lives reveals the need for healing and justice in our communities.” (Quote from Sasha Alexander, founder of Black Trans Media)

 

Aisha Cousins

Crossing Brooklyn

Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY, 11238

Oct 3, 2014–Jan 4, 2015

 

Obama Skirt

 

Reflecting the rich creative diversity of Brooklyn, Crossing Brooklyn presents work by thirty-five Brooklyn-based artists or collectives. The exhibition and related programming take place in the galleries and on the grounds of the Museum, as well as off-site in the streets, waterways, and other public spaces of the borough. Emphasizing artistic practices that engage with the world, the exhibition includes artists who aim to expand their focus and have an impact beyond the studio and the museum. Read more.

 

Watch a video with Aisha and learn about Mapping Soulville, her 2013 residency project.

Read our interview with Aisha here.

 

Jayson Keeling

Protect Me From All the Measures They Take In Order to Protect Me

EmergeNEXT: Windows on Market (Gallery Aferro & Aljira Center collaboration)

77 Market Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Oct 10 – Dec 13, 2014

Opening Reception October 10, 2014, 7-10 PM

 

Jayson-Keeling

 

EmergeNEXT: Windows on Market is a collaborative series developed with Aljira, Center for Contemporary Art and Gallery Aferro’s Activate: Market Street program. Previous Fellows from Aljira’s Emerge Program are chosen by a guest curator to develop new work that activate the unique private / public storefront window spaces on Market Street. Each artist is encouraged to explore the idea of INSIDE OUT | OUTSIDE IN or propose something altogether new. Guest curator Jaishri Abichandani is working with artist Mary Valverde for one window, while guest curator Kalia Brooks is working with artist Jayson Keeling for another. Read more.

 

Check out Jayson’s 2010 print, New Graffiti Old Revolutions, in our Shop.

Read our interview with Jayson here.

 

Kenya (Robinson)

GIRL BYE!

Rush Arts Gallery

526 W 26th St, Suite 311, New York, NY 10001

Opening October 2, 2014, 6–8 PM

Through October 31st

 

Master Plan 3

 

This exhibition, curated by Rashaad Newsome, brings together video, photograph, and collage by three artists who urge us to consider new ways to understand our complex social worlds: Doreen Garner, Kenya Robinson, and Dana Degiulio. In GIRL BYE!, Kenya remixes narratives of power as it relates to race, class, and marginalization.

 

Read more.
Check out Kenya’s 2012 print, Master Plan 3, in our Shop.

Read our interview with Kenya here.

 

Bayeté Ross Smith

Question Bridge: Black Males (collaborative transmedia project)

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037

Through Jan 3, 2015

 

QB

 

Question Bridge: Black Males is a platform for black men of all ages and backgrounds to ask and candidly respond to questions that are rarely discussed in public. To connect with a wide audience, the project takes on many forms; an art installation, educational curriculum, community engagement program, and interactive digital experience.

 

Bayeté, along with his co-collaborators Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, and Kamal Sinclair, traveled the country, collecting over 1,500 question-and-answer videos from over 150 men, and created a video installation that serves as a portal into an inner realm of black male consciousness. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier, and has been exhibited at more than 30 museums, festivals, conferences, and cultural institutions worldwide. Read more.

 

Learn about Got the Power, Bayeté’s 2013 residency project.

 

Rudy Shepherd

Disaster Fatigue (solo exhibition)

Mixed Greens Gallery

531 W 26th St, First Floor, New York, NY 10001

Through Oct 11

 

Rudy

 

Disaster Fatigue consists of paintings, drawings, video, and ceramics that address media saturation and the politics of representation. In Disaster Fatigue, a small series of cult leaders hangs quietly, reminding the viewer of other people who’ve searched for change, with often tragic results. Read more.

 

Check out Rudy’s 2009 print, Blacula, available for sale in our Shop.

Read our interview with Rudy here.

 

Shinique Smith

Bright Matter

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

465 Huntington Avenue Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Aug 23, 2014 – Mar 1, 2015

 

Shinique Smith

 

For the past decade, Shinique has been internationally admired for her exuberant paintings, sculpture, and large-scale installations. Whether in graffiti, calligraphy, and vibrant sweeping strokes on canvas; patterned clothing densely clustered or hung as human forms; or even full-body impressions pressed in ink against walls, her works reflect intersecting forces—of personal history, influence, and energy. “Shinique Smith: BRIGHT MATTER” surveys 30 key works from the past decade while debuting more than a dozen new pieces, including painting, sculpture, full-room installation, video, and performance. Read more.

 

Shinique was a Create Change Artist-in-Residence in 2006, the very first year of the program. Learn about her residency project here.

 

Are there other current or upcoming artists’ exhibitions we should know about? Please let us know!

 

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