Fri, Jan 19. 7pm:
Launch of “Body Blows, Convos and Art,” a monthly gathering structured around the themes in Resmaa Menakem’s book and the album, Dismembered & Unarmed (a collaborative music album executive produced by Chaka Mkali)– relating to intergenerational trauma, racial equity, and healing practices. This series is a place where people can gain a new understanding of America’s current racialized divide and how racism is not only a cognitive application but lives in our bodies as well. Due to challenging content, we will work on healing techniques and in a learning space where people are able to observe the reactions that internalize in their bodies. BBCA will be an immersive art experience that offers new ways to explore difficult and complex topics. This first event will explore the topic: “Solidarity? Female Power Dynamics and White Body Supremacy” with special guest LaDonna Sanders Redmond
Sat, Jan 20. 7pm:
Dream world art showcase. Compiled by Ryan Stopera, through a call for art, submissions will be featured in a curated visual art gallery.
Visual artists: Meghan Murphy, Daren Hill, Aaron Johnson Ortiz, Donald Thomas, Aaron Rosenblum, Ricardo Levins Morales, Nikki Mccomb, Erik Farseth, John Steitz, Tori Hong, Katrina Knutson, Sarah Swanson, Mattie Weiss, Melanie Stovall, Jordan Hamilton, Angelia Guthrie, Mackenzie Owens, Chamidika Wanduragala, Heather Lou, Uche Iroegbu, Nancy Musinguzi, Taylor Evans ,Sophea Ek, Arianna Nason, Ashley Fairbanks, Sean Earl, Jimmy Longoria, Rebecca Wynia, Sunshine Joy Hedlund.
Live mural painting by Olivia Levins Holden and Nell Pierce.
Michael Jemison – Black Boys Dream
Some visual poems by Xiaolu Wang and Sun Yung Shin
Lady Xok – Resistencia
Adja Gildersleve and Adriana Foreman – Baptism
Andrea Ellen Reed – Unsighted
Ryan Stopera – Swim in the Light (Followed by a performance by Albert Conteh of Energy Dance Collective)
Eleanore Wesserle – Visionary Storytelling for Resistance and Beyond
DJ Michel Be 10pm-10:25pm
(with sets in between bands)
Albert Conteh dance performance 10:25pm-10:30pm
Nicky Steves – City Counselor solo set 10:40pm-11pm
Sat, Jan 27. 7pm:
Community gathering around “Emergent Strategy.” Hosted by Miski Noor, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis Communications Strategist, and Keno Evol, Executive Director of BlackTableArts.
Fri, Feb 9.
7pm: New Systems Dreaming. Closing conversation/visioning session moderated by Tricia Heuring and D.A. Bullock.
10pm: Performance to following the conversation. The performance piece is an ode to the black women and the black community. The manifestations of their impact and each a representation of each role in the ‘dream world’. The theatrical soundtrack is entirely composed and produced by musicians David Maxwell and Blanda, forming as a duo called nine.PM. Additional musical support provided by collective formed of Kwey, Arthur Xiong and Peter Olson. The performance will include guest DJ sets by Psymun and Tiiiiiiiiiip, and hosting by wndrlnd.
Film and visual offerings are directed by the following visual artists:
Direction – David Maxwell with co-direction by César & Larisa Arnold
Photography – Bobby Rogers
Cinematography – CmnCltr
Choreographer – Camrin King
Our country, our world and our lives have become so deeply entrenched in the oppression of the current administration that we are no longer thriving, we are surviving. What will happen to communities and cultures if we lose our ability to dream beyond what may be possible? What if we could envision the world that we seek to live in, rather than simply survive in the world we are presently in?
Following two successful events of the interactive exhibition “Art & Resistance,” a third installment will include a series of events in January 2018 at Public Functionary. The first event at Third Place Gallery featured a cathartic display of work from community artists in photography, paintings, film, spoken word, music sharing images of resistance and a powerful panel on the intersection of art and activism. The second event at Public Functionary included a full day of workshops and a panel on how to sustain creative resistance and self care in difficult times.
The third part of the series looks to evolve from resisting the political and social world we face today and creating a vision of the world we seek to live in. Much of 2017 was spent simply surviving the constant attacks from a white supremacist administration in Washington. This has impacted our ability to dream about greater possibilities of what we can achieve.
Visionary activists and authors such as Octavia Butler have shared the importance of dreaming, “I believe we need to be more steadfast in looking toward the future — envisioning the world we want to see, and taking concrete steps to create it.” Robin D.G. Kelley, a professor of American history at UCLA described the importance of this issue, “Protesting, organizing and educating are all essential to activism, but they’re not the entire story. To be most effective, we must also create spaces to cultivate collective “freedom dreams.”
The third installment of Art & Resistance “dream world” gives our community of artists and activists the opportunity to imagine, to vision and to create work beyond the possible and to share stories of the world we want to live in.
**This exhibit and related programming is supported by a Bush Foundation Events Sponsorship Grant**