Two Upcoming Socially Engaged Happenings

“I Can’t Breathe”

On October 7th, The 8th Floor Gallery, Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation’s NYC art space will invite the public to participate in a poignant workshop, performance, and self defense class led by artist Shaun Leonardo.

Shaun Leonardo first performed “I Can’t Breathe” during non-profit Smack Mellon’s Respond exhibition as a public-participatory workshop and performance, taking the form of a self-defense class.

The title of the performance reflects the final words Eric Garner, an unarmed black man from Staten Island, screamed out as he was taken down and killed by an illegal chokehold from an NYPD officer. Garner was being questioned for selling loose cigarettes, hardly a violent offense. His tragedy was just one of many recent incidents involving unarmed black citizens being killed by police officers.

Check it out Wednesday, October 7, 2015 6:00 to 8:00pm at 17 W 17th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. RSVP:

Artist's rendering of the reenactment.

Artist’s rendering of the reenactment.

A Workshop with Dread Scott

Dread Scott is a current A Blade of Grass Fellow and his fellowship supports the artist’s community engaged work called Slave Rebellion Reenactment (SRR). This artwork will be a reenactment of the largest rebellion of enslaved people in American history. It will re-stage and reinterpret Louisiana’s German Coast Uprising of 1811, involving hundreds of re-enactors on the outskirts of New Orleans, in the same locations where the 1811 rebellion occurred.

Check it out Monday, November 2nd at 6:00pm, 17 West 17th St, 8th Floor, New York, NY. RSVP:


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