chashama presents artists' works in many different venues, and thanks to the The Durst Organization, artists are able to present their work in the lobbies of many buildings in NYC. Another way in which we can keep alive the cultural richness of our city! And so one of those chashama's locations has currently been transformed into a Black Lives Matter Art Show. And thank you chasnama or letting me get that artwork out the closet once again to present another one of those Black Lives Matter Art Shows whenever possible. And so that Black Lives Matter Art Show reception happened last week already from 6-8pm according to that Black Lives Matter Art Show Facebook event invite, or noon according to Time Out New York. And the Black Lives Matter Art Show Facebook event invite reads something like as follows:
Black Lives Matter | Carla Cubit of Occupy Art
Opening Reception & Performances: Friday, August 5, 6-8pm
A performance by both Carla Cubit of Occupy Art and a speaker from The Stop Mass Incarceration Network, followed by an Artist Talk & Discussion.
(For the most up to date event information visit http://www.chashama.org/
August 5 - September 4, 2016
On view 24/7, through storefront window.
Open Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12-6 pm
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the 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.
"Expand scope, perspective, and inspiration towards an ongoing series of future culture jams and events around this theme and time." During Open Hours (see above), all are encouraged to come talk about the Black Lives Matter movement and are invited to create their own posters/Black Lives Matter inspired artwork (art materials and supplies provided).
Handmade Black Lives Matter necklaces, magnets, and key chains will be on sale for $1 during the Opening Reception and all Open Hours.
About the Artist
Carla Cubit's creates small mixed media assemblage pieces using found objects and materials--often discarded hardware and recycled objects. She weaves tales from castoffs found in the streets. Her works are "highly visionary in nature." A former resident of the East Village in New York City, Cubit's artwork has shown in galleries and other venues in NYC. 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 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.
And thank you Travis Morales and Stop Mass Incarceration Network for speaking at and bringing literature to this event.
And there were or are, DecorForU #blacklivesmatter, #occupywallstreet, #berniesanders and more necklaces, magnets and key chains being vended for $1 each as part of this reception and event also.
And there were also thoughts, thoughts and more thoughts, almost too many to mention and type on this blog post that were written and shared on those "Your Thoughts On Black Lives Matter Banners" as in some of those photos and videos that find themselves posted above. And some of those thoughts written were:
1. My Life Matters
2. Listen, do you want to know a secret? All Lives Matter. Stop the hate.
3. (in response to #2), yet this totally disarms #blacklivesmatter and continues the hate. Ironic.
4. Let's be clear. Black llives have always mattered. What the Black Lives Matter is saying is that black lives in the judicial system are not being recognized as life lost. Legally we stopped being property less than 200 years ago. So since we are free black & magical - are we less protected by law because we are no longer property. Black Lives Matter is all you ever need to know. #______ my life matters.
5. If we don't get justice they wont get no peace.
6. Love your blackness.
7. I love black people
8. We are one. No one is different. All the same. Same love.
9. Fight the good fight.
10. Keep fighting. Keep loving. Freedom is the soul of equality. Do not rest until we are all equal.
11. The people united will never be defeated.
12. You are my brother. You are my sister.
13. Jesus Loves Black Lives.
14. Focus on the progress. Not hate. Otherwise they win.
15. It's so sad that even in 2016 we are still living in a white supremacist capitalist colonial patriarchy where people of color are routinely silenced and murdered.
16. A white male police officer told Karyn Gains "I can't believe you're raising your kids this way", meaning raising them to defend themselves and resist police violence. 5 months later, she was murdered in her home and her son was shot by police. When will we stop blaming people of color for their own victimization under white supremacy.
17. We are a billion cells of pure knowing.
18. Black Lives Matter
19. All Lives Matter (in response to #18).
20. Together we can
22. No God. No Peace. Know God. Know Peace.
23. There's history, power & strength of my skin color. Always love your black in all ways.
24. Step the fuck up white people.
25. My life does matter and my skin is beautiful and important.
26. My skin color is beautiful.
27. Black is beautiful.
28. Silence is not an option, but listening is just as important.
29. Race is a social constraint that we reaffirm everyday. It is in out power to change the status quo. Love is love is love.
30. The color of my skin does ot make me inferior. It makes me beautiful.
31. We all feel and feelings have no color.
32. The skin i'm in is beautiful, bold, black.
33. All people of color should be treated fairly.
34. Color is just a refraction of lights, length received by our eyes, what should count is what's in our souls.
35. Black Love Matter
36. Every place where you set your foot will be yours. - Deut 11:24
37. A 5 year old child understands this you would think all adults would.
38. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
39. The character of a man is now where he stands in times of peace, but where he stands in times of strife & turmoil. Where do you stand?
40. Under skin we all bleed red.
41. Jesus is love. Dwell on this notion!
42. Skittles + hoodie = armed + dangerous. R.I.P Trevon
43. Inequality is a historical & social product of society, classified by color. It is out moral obligation to keep fighting until we truly reach equality & justice. A revolution has to happen now. Keep fighting.
44. We are people. We have families. We exist.
45. Let's keep the fight against injustice.
46. our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. MLK Jr.
47. Be kind to yourself, and others! racism.
48. Just like black is the combination of all colors of the spectrum. So are black lives. So when we say black lives matter we are saying black trans, black gay, black women, black children, black men, my black is all of that.
49. "March through the streets". I'm willing and I'm able. Categorize me and I defy every label. #blackgirlmagic, #carefreeblackgirl, #blacklivesmatter
50. Fight the power! Transform the people for revolution.
51. #Hands Up Don't Shoot!
52. Let us remember that Dr. King was hated by the government. Be flexible.
53. ONE LOVE
56. It's not about the color, its the character.
57. 1 world, 1 race, 1 life, 1 death, 1 eternity.
58. 500 years later and we're still trying to make this point?! We need to come together and heal now. Educate about the true history. Share stories. Work for change.
59. All lives can't matter until black lives matter.
60. Petty crimes = death penalty.
61. Stop racist police.
62. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere". - MLK Jr. #blacklivesmatter
64. We all belong
65. (In response to #1) All lives can't matter until black lives matter
66. The voices of the oppressed matter most. If you are white you don't have the authority to speak over black people regarding black issues.
67. Another white anti - racist for black lives matter
69. (In response to #1) true but right now we are talking about black lives
70. We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. - Letter from Birmingham. MLK JR.
71. Today it might be me, tomorrow it might be you! Think about it.
74. The struggle continues
75. Once upon a time there was my grandfather. Today he is alive in my heart. An african descent slave
76. Look at me, not my skin color
77. F*ck cops
78. Love always
79. In a country run by bigotry + racism the black lives matter movement has succeeded in bringing the people of color together to educate those who wish to be enlightened and to promote the love between all people of color we must all love one another.
80. Read your history. 3/5 of a human being. U.S. Constitution!
81. It's the content of your character, not the color of your skin. God bless my brothers & sisters of color. I stand with you.
82. Out of many we are one.
83. You are my brother you are my sister. God intended us to treat each other as such.
84. There's no color between people. We all human
85. I can't breathe. BLACK LIVES MATTER
And as seen in some of those photos from some of those Black Lives Matter protests in the New York City area to found on that Black Lives Matter Art Show wall, Millions March NYC is having a Shut Down City Hall NYC protest at City Hall in New York City if you happen to be in the area, today being Sunday, Day 14 of their Abolition Square, City Hall Park event. And part of their Shut Down City Hall Facebook event invite reads as follows:
Approaching the 2-year mark of the Ferguson Uprising on August 9, Millions March NYC is calling for the OCCUPATION OF CITY HALL PARK starting Monday, August 1, 2016 at 9 AM. It is time we escalate our organizational tactics against this racist system, which continues to execute Black & Brown people with impunity—most recently #DelrawnSmallhere in East New York, Brooklyn.
Please come by my Black Lives Matter Art Show at Chashama if you happen to be in the neighborhood, August 5th - September 4th, 2016, NYC. #blacklivesmatter, Occupy Art, Occupy Wall Street Worldwide.