Siona Wilson Curates “I can’t breathe” at the Art Gallery of the College of Staten Island

 

Organized by Dr. Wilson—professor of contemporary art and photography at the Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island—the exhibition explores current struggles against racism and oppression and features works by Nona Faustine, Patricia Silva, Kara Walker and Emma Wolauku-Wanambwa.

Below are Dr. Wilson’s remarks on the exhibition:

We all recognize “I can’t breathe” as Eric Garner’s final desperate words, captured by his friend Ramsey Orta on a chilling cell phone video. This phrase joins others such as “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” as a rallying cry and metaphor for a new twenty-first century civil rights movement. In this exhibition we also deploy these words metaphorically. The powerful and provocative works in photography and video by Nona Faustine, Patricia Silva, Kara Walker and Emma Wolauku-Wanambwa suggest that racial and gendered embodiment intersect to produce social and psychological suffocation. But at the same time, vulnerability and bodily exposure can also be the source of agency and new meaning for artists and activists alike. The works presented in I can’t breathe point to long and complex histories of racism and oppression in order to open the way for different futures.

On view through May 14, I can’t breathe also includes an informational table of readings prepared by the library faculty as well as a photographic timeline showing the activist work by Staten Island Against Racism and Police Brutality (siaraPB).

photo: Nona Faustine, From her Body Came their Greatest Wealth, Site of Colonial Slave Market, Wall Street, 2013 (crop)

 

Tonight: Harriet Senie on “Memorials to Shattered Myths: Remembering Oklahoma City and Columbine”

This evening at 7 PM, Dr. Harriet F. Senie, who will give a lecture about her new book, Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11, focusing on chapters devoted to the Oklahoma City Bombing (April 19, 1995) and the shooting at Columbine High School (April 20, 1999). Continue reading “Tonight: Harriet Senie on “Memorials to Shattered Myths: Remembering Oklahoma City and Columbine””

Monday: Jennifer Ball to Discuss the Influence of Arab Lands on Textile Arts during the Renaissance

Before the Renaissance, Arab material goods—including textiles, ceramics, and glass—were more sophisticated than their European counterparts. Beginning in the 11th century, the Crusaders became aware of this region, followed by explorers and tradesmen exchanged both objects and ideas. Over time, Europeans assimilated Arab techniques, motives and aesthetics. Continue reading “Monday: Jennifer Ball to Discuss the Influence of Arab Lands on Textile Arts during the Renaissance”

This Evening: David Joselit with Aileen Agopian on Contemporary Middle Eastern Art

Middle-Eastern art expert Aileen Agopian joins in a conversation with GC distinguished professor David Joselit. Agopian, an expert purveyor of Middle-Eastern and North-African contemporary art, joined Sotheby’s in 2011.

 

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
Proshansky Auditorium
March 08, 2016: 7:00 PM

Presented in partnership with New York Live Arts as part of
Live Ideas Festival: MENA/Future – Cultural Transformations in the Middle East North Africa Region.

Co-sponsored by GC Public Programs and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center.