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Visual Art

Let Freedom Ring

 
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Jan 15—Jan 22, 2021
 
 
LOCATION:

BAM sign at the corner of Lafayette and Flatbush Avenues

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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​Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah
Art by Derrick Adams, Alvin Armstrong, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Lizania Cruz, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Hank Willis Thomas, and Jasmine Wahi

How much has changed in America since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s fight for civil rights? How much has stayed the same?

As a new year begins, bringing a change of leadership to the White House, this new art installation transforms the BAM sign into a provocative exploration of the notion of freedom and the legacy of Dr. King. Spearheaded by BAM Curator at Large Larry Ossei-Mensah, this piece features Brooklyn-based artists who are deeply engaged in an ongoing dialogue about the role of artists, arts, social justice, equity, and inclusion. Their work invites us to join in this necessary reflection on what freedom truly means in 2021.

Let Freedom Ring includes new and existing work by Derrick Adams, Alvin Armstrong, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Lizania Cruz, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Hank Willis Thomas, and Jasmine Wahi. The installation will be presented on the BAM sign at the corner of Lafayette and Flatbush Avenues.

Season Sponsor:

 

Bloomberg Philanthropies

 

Leadership support for off-site programs provided by:

Support for the signature artist series provided by Howard Gilman Foundation

 

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs
provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

Jerome L. Greene Foundation

 

Leadership support for the BAM Hamm Archives and BAM Film, Community, and Education programs provided by The Thompson Family Foundation

 

Leadership support for BAM Visual Art provided by Toby Devan Lewis­

 
 
Larry Ossei-Mensah
 
Larry Ossei-Mensah

Larry Ossei-Mensah is the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the co-founder of ARTNOIR, a global collective of culturalists who design multimodal experiences aimed to engage this generation’s creative class. Recently named to Artnet’s 2020 Innovator List, the Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic sees contemporary art as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. He contributed to the first-ever Ghanaian Pavilion for the 2019 Venice Biennale and will be co-curating the 7th Athens Biennale in 2021.



 
Derrick Adams
 
Derrick Adams

Derrick Adams’ work spans painting, collage, sculpture, performance, video, and sound installations. He is a recipient of a ​Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency, Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship,​ Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. ​In addition to numerous solo exhibitions around the country, his work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.



 
Alvin Armstrong
 
Alvin Armstrong

A painter whose work explores the social and political landscape of Black American culture, Alvin Armstrong's paintings are often filled with real and fictional subjects culled from black and white archival material, his community, and lived experiences. Armstrong received a MS in Oriental Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist. His solo exhibition “This Place Looks Different” was held at Medium Tings, a gallery and project space, in September 2020 and he was recently selected as resident for Pioneer Work’s 2021 class.



 
Layla Amatullah Barrayn
 
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Documentary photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and has been published in Le Monde, National Geographic, Vogue, NPR, VOX, Vanity Fair, among others. She was nominated for a 2020 News and Documentary Emmy. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at The Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts in New York.



 
Lizania Cruz
 
Lizania Cruz

Dominican participatory artist and designer Lizania Cruz is interested in how migration affects ways of being and belonging. Through research, oral history, and audience participation, she creates projects that highlight a pluralistic narrative on migration. Cruz has been an artist-in-residence and fellow at the Laundromat Project Create Change (2018—19), Agora Collective Berlin (2018), Design Trust for Public Space (2018), IdeasCity:New Museum (2019), BRIClab: Contemporary Art (2020—21), and Center for Books Arts (2020—21), among others.



 
Kameela Janan Rasheed
 
Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Kameelah Janan Rasheed grapples with the poetics, politics, and pleasures of the unfinished. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and projects, including at the New Museum, Transmissions Gallery in Glasgow, and Brooklyn Museum, and public installations with Public Art Fund and For Freedoms / Times Square Arts. Her work was exhibited at the 2017 Venice Biennale and will be included in the upcoming Glasgow International and Prospect.5.



 
Hank Willis Thomas
 
Hank Willis Thomas

A conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture, Hank Willis Thomas’ work is included in numerous public collections, including the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, and National Gallery of Art. He is a recipient of the Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship (2019), Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2018), and Art For Justice Grant (2018), among others, and a former member of the New York City Public Design Commission.



 
Jasmine Wahi
 
Jasmine Wahi
Jasmine Wahi is the Holly Block Social Justice Curator at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Founder + Co-Director of Project for Empty Space. Her practice predominantly focuses on issues of femme empowerment, complicating binary structures within social discourses, and exploring multi-positional cultural identities through the lens of intersectional feminism. She is a Visiting Core Critic at Yale University, a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, and holds a MA in Art History from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts.


 
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