Friday, November 7, 2008

Red Man

'Red Spirit - Red Man' © Lloyd Pollard 2004
pen and ink on colour photograph
First published in this blog.
Previously unpublished and not exhibited.

Man is more than the sum of the parts and perspectives we have seen of him to date.
Sage. Warlock. Shaman. Sorcerer. Diviner.

He remains the keeper of our flame.
The wielder of the axe.
The alchemist.
The saint.
The transformer.
The destroyer.
The healer.

By chaos he is driven.
By fear he overcomes.
By failure he evolves.
By love he transcends.
By silence he rises and is reborn.

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I AM A MAN: Revisited - Curated by Kevin Powell
September 25, 2008 – January 18, 2009


February 1968 saw 1,300 African American Sanitation workers strike to demand their right to unionize. The Civil Rights Leader, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., eventually came to Memphis to support the strikers and was subsequently assassinated. From those dramatic events one phrase emerged that can still stir community activists forty years later, “I AM A MAN.” However the sanitation workers strike and the phrase that came to symbolize are emblazoned with a larger purpose, an acknowledgment about the persistence, intellect and power of African American males in America.

With this theme, ten artists have been selected to create works reflecting their interpretation of what it means to be an African American man in America in 2008, forty years after the sanitation workers strike and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

This group exhibition includes a blend of painters, photographers and video artists:
Hank Willis Thomas, Russell Frederick, Rah Crawford, Radcliff Bailey, Carlos Palmer, Leroy Henderson, Fahamu Pecou, Jefferson Pinder, Terrence Jennings and Juan Sanchez

The exhibition also includes a DVD compilation reel of 30 images of the sanitation workers’ strike by deceased photographer Ernest Withers, who also designed and printed the “I AM A MAN” protest signs for the strike.

An accompanying pamphlet, including an essay written by curator, Kevin Powell, exhibition images, and an artist statement by each participating artist will be available to the public.

Located at 80 Hanson Place at South Portland in Downtown Brooklyn, near the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The 2, 3, 4, 5, B, and Q stop at Atlantic Avenue.
The D, M, N, and R stop at Pacific Avenue.
The C stops at Lafayette Avenue.
The G stops at Fulton Street.

Suggested donation: $4 for adults, $3 for students (with valid ID) and seniors. Free for children 12 and under.

The museum is open Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 6pm