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Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation

11 Aug 2016 – 25 Aug 2016

Denny Gallery East Broadway

New York
New York, United States

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In moments of injustice, how do we think about the future when the present is so daunting and fraught? Present Futures brings together artists and cultural producers whose practices and work are grounded in the present moment while generating and expanding artistic strategies for making change.

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Denny Gallery is pleased to announce Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation (Part One) a group exhibition of artists James T. Green, Ivan Forde, Tiona McClodden, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and J. Soto. The exhibition has been organized by Lynnette Miranda, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Teal Baskerville, and Henry Murphy. The exhibition will take place at Denny Gallery’s summer popup location at 150 East Broadway, on view from August 11th to 25th, 2016.

The recent mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and the senseless murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile (and the others that the media hasn’t covered) at the hands of police officers have left us with an overwhelming feeling of helplessness. With the exception of a few, there is a generally muted response among the art community to this ongoing violence, injustice, and oppression. But silence and indifference are tools of oppression.

In moments of injustice, how do we think about the future when the present is so daunting and fraught? Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation (Part 1) brings together artists and cultural producers whose practices and work are grounded in the present moment while generating and expanding artistic strategies for making change. The exhibition will enact these strategies through a programmatic component that offers a space for arts practitioners to convene and exchange ideas around, questions about, and methodologies for self-preservation, self-determination, and collective organizing. Together, we can call for cultural spaces to offer us more than a site for reflection, but one for action. As a community, we can strategize through our artistic lens and create a hopeful, yet determined and focused space that pushes for progress.

This is the first of a recurring series of curatorial initiatives that we hope we continue to build and deepen together.

Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, August 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. Denny Gallery East Broadway is located at 150 East Broadway in New York City. The hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For further information, contact Elizabeth Denny or Robert Dimin at 212-226-6537 or by email at email@dennygallery.com. 

Curators

Teal Baskerville

Suhaly Bautista-Carolina

Lynnette Miranda

Henry Murphy

Exhibiting artists

James T. Green

Tiona McClodden

J. Soto

Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Ivan Forde

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