Although the South is often the focus of the history of slavery in America, New York City has a very racist ideological past. At one point in the 18th century, it is estimated that 20 percent of the population of New York City were slaves. This past has informed the present, because New York City has one of the most segregated schools in the Nation, as well as a policy of law enforcement and economics that puts black communities at odds with the rest of the city. If facts and statistics won’t catch your attention, Brooklyn based artist Nona Faustine will.
Summer is winding down (despite the 90 degree sunshine we’ve been enjoying the past few days) so it’s time to fall into some great art exhibitions happening around the city! Below is a very concise list of some exciting exhibitions throughout the city that are currently on view or right around the corner! This in no way encapsulates the art scene as a whole, there’s a ton of art out there with much more to come. Happy viewing!
Karin Giusti’s large scale installation will transform Smack Mellon’s raw space into a solemn yet majestic environment, which addresses emotions such as grief and morning both in private and public. Giusti will combine sculpture and photography to transform the raw columns inside Smack Mellon into kaleidoscopic pillars projecting poignant memories of her life on the farm she shared with her late partner Stephen G. Shcwarz, a firefighter and 9/11 First Responder.