tagged: blacklivesmatter

Titus Kaphar Pulls Back the Curtains on Racial Injustice Past and Present

by Stephanie Berzon
If 2014 is to be remembered by one social narrative in America, it’s the involvement of law enforcement in the black community. The world was still mourning the death of Trayvon Martin when NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his promise to end the often abused, racial profiling police tactic known as stop-and-frisk; Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson by a cop—so were Rumain Brisbon and Ezell Ford—and the video of Eric Garner’s last words “I can’t breathe” went viral on the Internet.... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Berzon on 2/10/15

Smack Mellon's RESPOND and the New Imaginary

by Joel Kuennen
There is no better point in time to enact change than during a cultural rupture. Popular culture—the expressions that bind a collective group—is a smooth stream of images and ideologies that flows at an overwhelming and indomitable rate. This is part of the mandate of contemporary culture: to express with as many images and words as experienced time will allow. Smack Mellon, a New York venue in DUMBO that supports emerging and underrepresented artists put its exhibition schedule on hold this... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 1/19/15