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to Jan 15

BRIC Biennial: Volume II, Bed Stuy/Crown Heights Edition

Opening Reception: Wed, November 9, 2016 | 7-9PM

Curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, VP of Contemporary Art; and Jenny Gerow, Assistant Curator; BRIC


The BRIC Biennial: Volume II, Bed Stuy/Crown Heights Edition is the largest and most ambitious exhibition to date organized by BRIC. This second edition of this initiative will be centered at BRIC House, with portions of the show also on view at important cultural institutions and art spaces in the neighborhoods being covered by the show: Weeksville Heritage Center, the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, and FiveMyles

The work of hundreds of artists based in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights were reviewed in order to select the  approximately 40 included in this exhibition. This edition of the BRIC Biennial will focus on the theme “Affective Bodies,” drawing from affect theory, which places emphasis on bodily experience rather than on learned knowledge. Artists exhibited at Weeksville Heritage Center will be grouped under the theme “The Lived City,” considering how people’s lives and experiences endow urban spaces with emotional resonance. The exhibition at the Brooklyn Public Library, “Translations and Annotaitons,” will focus on artists who use existing texts to find new, personal meaning. And finally, Five Myles will focus on presenting a series of performance artists.

Exhibition artists include Lala AbaddonBrandon Coley CoxBrooklyn Hi Art Machine,Zachari FabriAaron GilbertSara JimenezRachelle MozmanKambui OlujimiMacon Reed, and William Villalongo.

Overall, the BRIC Biennial highlights the significance of Brooklyn as the place where New York artists create work and develop their careers. By focusing on a small geographic area, comprehensive research can be undertake on artists in the selected neighborhoods, highlighting those who are making important creative contributions with their work. 

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to Jan 2

i found god in myself: the 40 anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls

Image: Margaret Rose Vendryes, my spirit is too ancient to understand the sepration of soul & gender

African American Museum in Philadelphia

i found god in myself: the 40 anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls is a two gallery art exhibit celebrating the 40th anniversary of the choreopoem/play for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, curated by Souleo Wright.
Through 20 commissioned artworks by nationally acclaimed artists including Renee Cox, Rafia Santana, Pamela Council, Alexandria Smith and Danny Simmons the exhibition is a tribute to the Broadway play that honors the individual poems and underscores the enduring significance of the choreopoem and the social and cultural issues of the women of color. Additional works by artists including Deborah Willis, Carrie Mae Weems and further expand upon related themes of sexuality, race, sisterhood, violence and self-love depicted in and inspired by Ms. Shange’s work. The exhibition will also include archival material that highlights the creation and evolution of the original text from its 1974 California debut to its Broadway run from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at Barnard College.
i found god in myself originally debuted in 2014 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Long Gallery Harlem (formerly The Sol Studio) and La Maison d’Art. This expanded show at The African American Museum in Philadelphia includes area artists and opens with a public reception on Thursday, October 6.

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to Oct 23

It Takes a Nation: Art for Social Justice with Emory Douglas and the Black Panther Party, AFRICOBRA, and Contemporary Washington Artists

From It Takes a Nation Njena Surae Jarvis, E, Gun Gun

Curated by Sandy Bellamy

In the Alper Initiative space, Washington artists respond to the graphics of Black Panther artist Emory Douglas with sculpture, paintings, photography and multi-media installations. The exhibition features Emory Douglas and Howard University colleagues and members of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (“AFRICOBRA”): Jeff Donaldson, Akili Ron Anderson, James Phillips, Jae Jarrell and Wadsworth Jarrell. Collectively, they create a powerful lens to the socio-political landscape of the late 1960s and 70s that helps to visualize the 1967 Black Panther Party 10-point platform addressing issues of freedom, employment, economic exploitation, affordable housing, education, war, police brutality, prison, due process, and access. The exhibition also includes artists examining these same issues 50 years later within a contemporary context, including: Holly Bass, Wesley Clark, Jay Coleman, Larry Cook, Tim Davis, Jamea Richmond Edwards, Shaunte Gates, Amber Robles-Gordon, Njena Surae Jarvis, Simmie Knox, Graham Boyle, Beverly Price, Jennifer Gray, Sheldon Scott, Stan Squirewell and Hank Willis Thomas. 

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