Monday, June 12, 2017

Black Lives Matter Art Show at Northside Festival 2017

Photo by Caitlin Crews

Everybody wants to get on the Van Gogh boat. I think, as in that Basquiat movie quote from that Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat mural that finds itself posted above that was found on the streets around 10th and Bedford Avenue during that BLOCK PARTY at Northside Festival in New York City this past weekend.  And Northside Festival gave me the opportunity to drag that Black Lives Matter artwork out of the closet again to do another one of those Black Lives Matter Went To Northside Festival art shows, or part of it, or some version of it as I did at their festival last year and to post on this blog that Black Lives Matter Art Show went to another event, or something like that. And the rain held off and the sun felt as if it was a thousand degrees on this Northside Festival 2017 weekend in New York City.
And this years BLOCK PARTY at Northside Festival read something like as follows:

June 10 - June 11
Bedford L Stop
1PM to 6PM

Northside Block Party // Williamsburg Walks 

On June 10th-11th, Williamsburg’s main drag - Bedford Avenue will transform into a public park (from Metropolitan Avenue to N.12th Street). Temporary wall units for live painting, interactive installations and workshops, and engaging sculptures will be staggered throughout the blocks for the community to enjoy! See you at the Block Party! 

Come see the work of these talented artists and exciiting business!

Nyssa Frank @nyssa_art

Black Lives Matter Art Show

Chinon Maria Studio & Maven Murals @chinonmaria

Stickymonger and Andrea Kang @stickymonger & @harlow_bear

El Museo de Los Sures & Taiwanese American Arts Council

Niizeki Hiromi @niizeki_hiromi

Kelly Denato @nopunchbacks

J.H.S. 291 Roland Hayes

Brooklyn Draw Jam @ brooklyndrawjam

John P. Dessereau

Francesca Marguerite Maximé @francescamaxime

Jason Heuer @ jason_heuer
133 Design Collective @133designcollective

Williamsburg Charter Highschool

Seth Failla

Scott Walker @scottliamwalker

James Orchard-Hays @jamesorchardhays,

Hiraku @Hirakunyc

Suerpchief Gallery NY @superchiefgallery

Mumbot @mumbot

Ian Ferguson @hydeon

Stephen Faillace @stephen_faillace

The Strangers Project @StrangersProj

Jacob Thomas

Natalie Lucre @cultofshe

Christine Stoddard/The Collage Forest

Zoey Hart

Mad Gleam Press

Natalia Zamparini

Bown-Osborne Studio

Scott Chasse @scott__chasse

The Art Rising



Stage of Aces @StageOfAces


Hosh Yoga

Brooklyn Fox Lingerie

Twenty Sided Store

Artists & Fleas

Turkey's Nest


Soft Spot Bar

Brooklyn Charm

Sweet Chick

The Meatball Shop


Freelancers Union

North Brooklyn Angels

And someone said to me on this day as they pondered those thoughts on Black Lives Matter, a particular thought that stuck in my mind, that "Black means evil and white means good", and that this thought has been instilled in us since the beginning of time and can this ever be changed?
And I seemed to have taken a photo of everything but those Your Thoughts on Black Lives Matter thoughts that were written on the banners themselves on this day, though some of those thoughts in addition to other Your Thoughts on Black Lives Matter thoughts written on banners on this day if I were to read them were:

1.  We are alive
2.  Yes, Black Lives Matter, sktop the diversity chatter!
3.  life is a gift, a black person life is just as important as anyone else!!!
4.  Beyond the race on life is on life.
5.  ALL Lives MATTER!!
6.  All lives can't possibly matter until Black Lives, animal lives are not being slaughtered every day.  Black lives, black justice are 5 times likely to a longer sentence that white & black women are in terms. Research!
7.  (In response to 6), America forgot what it stood for!  We will get this back! RESIST!
8.  It's a shame we even have to say it!
9.  Black lives Matters isn't just about black people. it represents every culture & every minority that is the underdog. - Vi2
10.  The Black Lives Matter Movement is the voice of the survivors - Wordsconnect
11.  We are FAMILY!!
12.  Let's all come together As All Lives Matter - Real people see all colors. Black Lives Matter....
14.  #Don't Be Horrible Love always wins!
15.  BLACK Lives Are Sacred
16.  All lives matter 
18.  I matter, my brother matters, my son matters, my father matters, my uncles matter, my nephews matter, my black  family matters. 
19.  black people are beautiful, amazing, INCREDIBLE.  - Logic. PLD
20.  #BLM  Too much to say.  We all need to open up and create a community unafraid to face discomfort & stand up for another.
21,  Lets all come together as All Lives Matter - Real people see all colors. Black Lives Matter....
23.  Be Proud oF being BLACK - Ellie
25.  Equality by Force Dump Dump
26.  Equality for all
27.  we are not free with discrimination
29.  should be a f*ckin no - brainer! LOVE U
31.  Brown & Black people should unite as one to defend racism together!  Together we will can be one.
32.  De Segregate the NYC schools Be TOGETHER! LEARN TOGETHER
33.  Black Lives Matter!
34.  Everyone deserves the same thing
36.  Everyone should be treated like human
37.  No individual can be truly, fully happy, free and at peace until every single person is.  We are all more united, more unbreakably one than cultural systems would have us believe.  Thank you, thank you for your heart - ful work, BLM, for fighting the good fight.  for not just POC, but for the soul of humanity.
39.  White people stop being afraid.  Your lives matter but you're not getting killed because of your skin tone!  This movement is important. NEEDED
40.  White silence is violence.  Madelinefiorio
42.  ALthough racism exists, so does LOVE, HONOR, Respect and acceptance.  We need more of this to conquer hatred!  #LOVE
43,  Maylin not racist
44.  My life, your life, our life.  We share the f*cking earth.  It's not your's.  It's -OURS-.
45.  Diversity is what makes the world wonderful.
46.  Close your eyes and you will see we are all humans.  One Love xx
47.  Yes!  THEY HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED (Peace, Justice, Love to all people!)
48.  Let there be peace on earth.  Let it begin with me.
49.  MISSY

And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street day one thousand and something, I think.  And those global revolution Occupy Wall Street and all things police brutality and beyond Black Lives Matter movements are still moving fast, I think.  Have a great Black Lives Matter Art Show @ Northside Festival day and more.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Black Lives Matter Art Show Went To The Living Gallery

And so another one of those Black Lives Matter Art Shows has come to pass in that New York City area in the midst of what seems like the United States Presidential Elections 2016 having turned America upside down to where it has descended into one big anti inauguration protest in these first few weeks in 2017 since I last posted on this blog that calls itself Occupy Art. And this one day pop up Black Lives Matter Art Show that I managed to drum up in that New York City area happened to be at The Living Gallery, that really cool art space in that neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, or is it on the border of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  And if I must use some of the same words to describe this event from that BlackMattersUS article that I wrote, this art show was different from those Occupy Art and Black Lives Matter art shows that I have done before in that Monica Octavia from Museum of Impact had her letter writing table, banners and artwork there as part of her mobile social justice museum and Steve from Stop Mass Incarceration Network handed out STOP POLICE TERROR #RiseUpOctober. Which Side Are You On? posters and more STOP POLICE TERROR #RiseUpOctober. Which Side Are You On? posters and Welf, Ras and Kenny played music, music and more music. And though all of these art shows have been different, they have all had the same concept: Black Lives Matter. And so a few of those Your Thoughts On Black Lives Matters thoughts that were written on some of those banners at this event were: 

1.Why do modern human societies commodify, exploit and dispose of living things.
2.  Love your community?  Be active!  Do more stuff like this!
3.  "I ain't gotta do nothin but stay black and die!"
4.  #stay focused my brothers & sisters
5.  It is our duty to fight for our freedom.  It is out duty to win.  We must love each other and support each other.  We have nothing to lose but our chains. - Assata
6.  Black Liberation #BLMNY
7.  Be the change to make the change
8.  We are in the midst of a revolution
9.  One race. The human race.
10.  Don't forget black trans women matter!
11.  This is not a time to return to normalcy
13.  !Seguimos unidos! !Los Vidas negros importan SIEMPRE!
14.  #Jewish Latinas 4 BLM
15.  Black Is Beautiful
16.  Never lose that which makes you shine
17.  Feminism without intersectionality = white supremacy. BLACK WOC MATTER!
18.  Love your brother Like No Other!  Black Lives Matter! Let's come together to create a world of Love, Peace & beautiful colors!
19.  Keep getting shit done. !!B.L.M!!
20.  One day we will stand as one. THE VICTIMS REST IN POWER
21.  My dark skin is liberating! G. Turner
22.  We will fight with love and we will prevail
23.  "Caring for myself is not self indulgence" It's self preservation and that's an act of political warfare. -Audre Lorde
24.  JUSTICE 3 ALL not just the oppressors.
25.  RIP Sandra Bland Amore.  You matter!  Italian Latina x BLM!!
26.  Out of many we are one...
27.  The dilemma at the heart o the fight against racism is that most people - racist, hateful people = do not believe that they are racist.  That is why they shout back "White Lives Matter". The importance of black lives is more than ignored, it's socially perpetuated.  It's so sad - my whole white family leads this philosophy.  I believe in Black Lives.
28.  "What do we want?" "Justice!"  When do we want it?" "NOW!"
29.  What do you do when the cops pull you over?
30.  All lives can't matter until black lives matter.

And the list of thoughts amongst hundreds of thoughts from these various Occupy Art and Black Lives Matter art shows that I have posted on this blog before goes on and on as in this list of more Your Thoughts On Black Lives Matter thoughts. .And thank you Jeannie Hopper and A Plus for letting me talk about that Black Lives Matter Art Show on your show. And I am glad that people were able to make it to this art show on what seems like one of the coldest days of the year and limited space at the gallery. And thanks for hosting this event Nyssa Frank at your really cool gallery with what seems like a different event each day there. And I guess if I were to sum this event up the Facebook event invite reads something like:

Black Lives Matter | Carla Cubit of Occupy Art

Opening Reception & Performances: Tuesday, January 31, 7-10pm at The Living Gallery.
A performance by both Welf Dorr of underground hornsRas Moshe BurnettKenny Wollesen and open jam session and a speaker from Museum of Impact, followed by an Artist Talk & Discussion. 

Free posters will be available from The Stop Mass Incarceration Network

January 31, 2017
Open Hours: Tuesday, 12-10 pm

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the one day pop up Black Lives Matter Art Show features Carla Cubit's Black Lives Matter artwork and posters, accompanied by her photographs from Black Lives Matter protests throughout the NYC area and artwork from Museum of Impact.

"Expand scope, perspective, and inspiration towards an ongoing series of future culture jams and events around this theme and time." During Open Hours, all are encouraged to come talk about the Black Lives Matter movement and are invited to view Your Thoughts On Black Lives Matter banners and create their own posters/Black Lives Matter inspired artwork (art materials and supplies provided).

Handmade Black Lives Matter necklaces, magnets, key chains and pins will be on sale for $1 during the Opening Reception and all Open Hours 12 - 10pm.

About the Artist
Carla Cubit's creates small mixed media assemblage pieces using found objects and materials--often discarded hardware and recycled objects. Recently her works have been inspired by the Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter movements. Cubit finds that there is no separation between her daily life and her creative outpouring: "I love the arts in whatever medium it may be; music, theater, dance etc; and I believe in religion, mysticism and the secret meaning of the unknown and art as a universal means of communication."

About Occupy Art
"We are the 99%." Visit Occupy Art, to learn more about past Occupy Art and Black Lives Matter Art Shows.

About Museum of Impact
"Museum of Impact (MOI) inspires action by exploring self, society, art, and activism.
Our mobile social justice museum explores activism, altruism and advocacy thru a creative lens. We celebrate movements of the people; offering a culturally conscious space to encounter ideas, contemplate solutions, engage each other and take action!"

About Monica Octavia
Monica O. Montgomery is an international speaker, museum director and cultural consultant, curating media and museums to be in service to society. She is a recent speaker at TedX Charlottesville and a winner of the 2016 Arts Entrepreneurship Award from Fractured Atlas. She is the founding director of Museum of Impact the world’s first mobile social justice museum, inspiring action at the intersection of art, activism, self and society. She directs the museum in working with communities to interrogate contemporary and historic social movements and solutions.

About The Stop Mass Incarceration Network
"Rise up to Stop Mass Incarceration & Police Terror. We are initiating an effort to accelerate the movement to stop the injustice of mass incarceration and police brutality; the racially biased policies and practices of the police, the courts and the U.S. legal system; and to support the human rights of prisoners and of the formerly incarcerated. We call on all to join us." Learn more and get involved, at Stop Mass Incarceration Network.

View the event on Eventbrite

Food and refreshments will be provided


And whether or not another one of those Occupy Art or Black Lives Matter art shows will ever happen again remains to be seen, though on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day one thousand and something, I think... and those global revolution and all things police brutality and beyond Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter movements are still moving fast.

Black Lives Matter. Occupy Art. Occupy Wall Street Worldwide.