la repetición de una práctica / an imagined counter archive
“Magnitude and Bond” by @awombofviolet @prevardk and myself for @fourcornerspublicarts . Video by @rutgerssasn and music by #NinaSimone . This collaborative mural is located on Halsey Street in Newark’s historic downtown and features two key figures, #GladysBarkerGrauer and #BreyaKnight , and imagery that celebrates their significant contributions to the Newark arts and poetry community, using visual language to provide a sense of intergenerational and communal connection as a unifying force and source of power and healing. At 10 stories high, it is the largest mural in the City of Newark, created by #AWombofViolet , a Black women’s artist collective of writers, poets and visual artists that include Fayemi Shakur, Jasmine Mans, K. Desiree Milwood, Bimpe Fageyinbo, Jillian M. Rock, Shekia Norris, Dr. Antoinette Elllis-Williams, Margie “Mia X” Johnson, Kween Moore, Jennifer Mack-Watkins and muralists Layqa Nuna Yawar and Kelley Prevard. The imagery features Gladys Barker Grauer - from a photograph by @colleengutwein - watching over the community at large, as Breya, featured in knight armor reminds viewers of the warrior spirit and protective nature of Black women. Below, a young silhouetted girl, Sanaa, reads Lucille Clifton’s poem, “Come celebrate with me”, an inspirational reminder of the resiliency of Black women and girls, resisting erasure of their legacies and cultural contributions. An image featuring two young girls from St. Michel, Haiti photographed by artist Kween Moore during a trip to a local orphanage, gazes intensely at viewers with a sense of agency and inquiry. Symbolism containing themes referencing the painful traumas of slavery and racism are subtly combined with elements of nature, Kente cloth and cowrie shells which lie at the mural’s foundation. The cowrie shells represent the feminine, birth, fertility, and prosperity and were painted by students, children and members of the community. The title of the mural is inspired by a quote by poet Gwendolyn Brooks: “We are each other’s business; we are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.”
una década comienza donde termina and the love and scars collect and magnify. See you in the future/pasado #2020 ❤️
#repost via @ptothelo 🙏🏾 • Murals in Pilsen on the way to Women Made Gallery. I find myself captivated by art in a neighborhood and the stories they reinforce for the people who live there and the stories they tell to people like me who are passing through. And thinking abt the Gold Coast neighborhood I live in right now and the stories being told thru the seasonal decorations here, and wondering what murals here might look like if the neighbors were to commission/paint murals (First one is by @LAYQANUNAYAWAR ) #neighborhoodmurals #storytellers #spiritualnourishment #curateinginChicago #layqanunauawar #pilsen #chicago #art #streetart #murals #muralart #losotros
“The Paul Robeson Paean” made for the @paulrobesongalleries and installed at the @runosll in @runewark - the first of 3 murals celebrating the life of Paul Robeson. The first one starts by looking at his creative output as a singer, actor of screen and stage, public speaker and radical renaissance man. It’s impossible to understand the man in sections, for his complexity was deep and beautiful, or as he puts it: "Every artist, every scientist, every writer must decide now where he stands. The artist must take sides. He must elect to fight for freedom or for slavery. I have made my choice. I had no alternative." • • #Shout out to @eamoakohene for assisting me ✊🏾 #layqanunayawar #mural #paulrobeson #muralart #muralartist #samsonofsong #othello #rutgersnewark #paulrobesongalleries #justice #liberation #art
#PaulRobeson the radical multitalented artist, lawyer, social activist, world superstar and fervent supported of unions and communist movements to the point of being denied a re-entry visa to the USA, being ostracized publicly and, according to his son’s own account, was directly targeted by the CIA’s MK Ultra program resulting in a suicide attempt brought on by poisoning with a synthetic hallucinogen. His life is the content of this mural being installed at @runewark ’s Paul Robeson Campus Center @runosll this week. Two other murals will follow up in 2020. Full info and pics coming up later this week ✊🏾
Coming up this Wednesday in #Newark : Rutgers-NJIT Theatre Arts Program presents Newark Artists’ Stories On Monday, December 11th at 10 AM at Bradley Hall Theatre, students from the From Page to Stage course offered through Rutgers-NJIT Theatre Arts Program will present a series of monologues students transcribed based on interviews with Newark artists. Students spent the semester learning play analysis and elements of community-based practices to develop narratives with NJIT professor and Newark native, Lillian Ribeiro. During the semester, local artists and students met at Index Art Center in Newark to build relationships through theatre exercises. Students and artists met again later in the semester to engage in deeper conversations for one-on-one interviews. These interviews were later transcribed from students' handwritten notes into monologues with artists’ feedback during the revision process. The narratives received final approval from participating artists to share their personal narratives as a performed piece. Rutgers - NJIT students who conducted interviews include: Kofi Acquaisie, Joseph Atta, Ivana Baez Ortiz, Ashley Bourne, Nicholas Cheney, Justin Flores, Ernesto Cabrera, Harrison Davis, Joseph Fiumano, Alexius Irving, Sophie Kroezen, Nilay Kulaksiz, Keitheshia Parris, Arya Suva, Antonious Thigpen, and Imani White. Featured Newark artists include: Jamie Bruno, Marcy DePina, Gary Campbell, Patricia Dahlman, Sunil Garg, Yolanda Hughes, Queen Mother Imakhu, Samantha Katehis, Ole Lie Vandal, Jo-EL Lopez, Stephen McKenzie, Janezta Miranda, Jessica Nelson, Layqa Nuna Yawar, Dimitri Reyes, and Malik Whitaker. With the company of Newark's emerging and established artists, we invite Rutgers and NJIT faculty, and students to witness the sharing of this original community-based intergenerational performance work. For reservations contact Professor Ribeiro at Lillian.H.Ribeiro @NJIT .edu. We hope you will join us!
full description, details and a better picture coming up as we wrap up - hit my DM if you have a drone and want to help us photograph this mural por favor 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Join us at the @newarklibrary tonight 🤗
Coming up next Tuesday 🧱🤗 #repost via @fourcornerspublicarts • Join the Four Corners Public Arts team, artists and special guests Tuesday, November 19th for a ✨celebration✨ of the program’s first phase! 3 - 5pm, stop by the project headquarters, grab a 🗺map, and tour the recently completed murals. 5pm, join the team for 🥂 toast, conversation👥and activities! 🔗Link in Bio to RSVP🌟 ▫️ Phase 1 Artists & Collaborators: Womb of Violet (fayemi shakur @fayemi_ , Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams @annieellis5 , Bimpé Fageyinbo @bybimpe , Margie Johnson @bestthingcreated , Jennifer Mack-Watkins @mack_jenniferprints , Jasmine Mans @poetjasminemans , K Desireé Milwood @haikuguru , Sheikia Norris, and Jillian Rock @illyjilly in collaboration with Layqa Nuna Yawar @layqanunayawar and Kelley Prevard @prevardk , Armisey Smith @javart3 , Barat Foundation @baratfoundation with featured artist Sue Daly , Daniela Puliti @danielabobella , Eirini Linardaki @linardakiandco in collaboration with Discovery Charter School, GERALUZ @geraluz , HIMED @himed_stencil , Jo-El Lopez @jo_ellopez , Manuel Acevedo @698manuelacevedo in collaboration with the Jerry J. Gant Estate/Pink Dragon Artist Syndicate @pinkdragonmgt , Nancy Saleme @threadingtrends and Patricia Cazorla @patcazorla , Noelle Lorraine Williams @black_abolitionists_newark . The first phase was curated by Rebecca Pauline Jampol @rjampol , co-director of Project for Empty Space and visiting professor at Rutgers University-Newark. ▫️ Four Corners Public Arts advocates for impact-driven, public art initiatives in and surrounding Broad & Market St. in Newark, New Jersey. The multi-phase program is driven by a public-private partnership between the City of Newark, Invest Newark (formally NCEDC ), real estate developer RBH Group, real estate investment firm Paramount Assets, the Newark Downtown District (NDD ) and Newark Arts.
This in-progress mural aims to celebrate the significant contributions Gladys Barker Grauer and Breya Knight have made in the #Newark arts community and serves as inspiration for future artists and the community at large. I am super honored and exited to join A Womb of Violet Collective and fellow artist and muralist @prevardk in making this happen as part of the @fourcornerspublicarts initiative. Today a community painting session was held and another one continues tomorrow from 12pm to 3pm at 17 Treat Pl so you can join in adding your mark to this mural. ✊🏾 • #awombofviolet #GladysGrauer #breyablackberrymolasses #brickcity #wip #memorial #muralart #Nork #🧱
#repost via @imvisible_newark and shout out to @opensocietyfoundations Dr. Colleen Thouez for the opening keynote speech ✌🏾 • Today we join the second annual event of the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants Conference #UARRM along with #Newark fam orgs like @ru_dreamers , @newestamericans and @runewark - we are here to sharing in round table talks how multimedia storytelling works as a platform student voices and immigrant/refugee narratives as well as provide a bridge for #accesstohighereducation ✊🏾 catch updates on our IG stories 👐🏾