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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




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.


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




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)


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




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




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!


Don’t forget to visit our Shop to browse our selection of special edition prints! By purchasing one of these exclusive prints, you can build your art collection, and help sustain our work all at the same time.

Lenox Lounge

Historic Preservation in Harlem

September 18, 2014

2014 Fellow Sarah Rowe submitted this blog post about preserving the historic architecture of Harlem, and what role artists can play in preserving neighborhood culture and history (a topic we’ve covered before on our blog here):


As many landmarks are destroyed or altered in Harlem, I often question whether pieces of history are slowly dwindling away. Some buildings, such as PS 186 have been spared and are slated to be re-purposed with some affordable housing units, but other buildings, such as the Eisenbaum Building and Public National Bank Building, have suffered a different fate and disappeared forever. The future of the storied Lenox Lounge also continues to be in flux.


Historically important buildings serve as a connection to Harlem’s vibrant past and serve as significant elements of the neighborhood’s character. In thinking about the destruction of these structures in Harlem, I have generated some ideas about what artists can do to help save these important pieces of history.


Artists can help by creating or assisting community based organizations that assist in the implementation of preservation projects. The organization Cornerstones Community Partnerships in Santa Fe, NM offers an excellent model for this type of work and utilizes a community based preservation approach. This organization works with communities to involve residents directly in the restoration process. Youth and community members are trained in traditional building and preservation methods and assist with the hands-on repair of structures.


In addition to starting or assisting a community based organization, artists can help organize walking tours in their neighborhood to highlight historically important buildings. If versed in conservation methods, artists can also assist in the restoration process and create programs for residents to be trained and involved in the process as well. Artists can also assist in their own communities by serving on community boards and work to landmark historically important buildings.


Join Sarah and other Create Change Fellows on Field Day this Saturday, September 20th from 12 to 5 PM at the Frank White Memorial Garden (506-508 W. 143rd Street. New York, NY).


Check out Sarah’s website here.

Read The LP Interview with Sarah here.


Interested in this topic? Check out our earlier post on things artists can do, and our Sustaining Neighborhoods reading list).


Sharing in Hunts Point

September 16, 2014

Sasha Phyars-Burgess, 2014 Fellow, sent us this photo essay about Hunts Point.


There is a youth, a stinging vibrancy in Hunt’s Point that belies its often desolate settings. Dead end corners lead to parks and abandoned lots turn into gardens. It’s not too much to say that there is a struggle here, but it’s merely indicative of the circumstances. The tide is turning. You can hear it on the streets sometimes, you definitely see it. The organizations that pop up, the hints of green busting through corners. You can feel people asking… Why can’t we have it too? What will our communities look like when we live equitably? And instead of waiting, people are doing. Taking ownership of space, claiming rights and sharing, and as always it starts first, with the kids.


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Join Sasha and other Fellows on Field Day this Saturday, September 20th for Grow Love at the Kelly Street Garden (924 Kelly Street) Read more here.


Check out Sasha’s website here.

Read The LP Interview with Sasha here.