Friday, October 17, 2014

Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Artists Respond

Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Artists Respond. This is an important documentary that establishes the diversity of the art and artists; and that captures interpretations of the events of August 9, 2014 and the aftermath. Significantly, this documentary evidence also captures the parallels of Michael Brown's killing with those of black men and women in generations past.

http://www.stlamerican.com/entertainment/living_it/article_469a5080-4f64-11e4-bfdc-7f04155a558f.html






Why this Exhibition?


The Alliance issued the call in August 2014 under the banner Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Artists Respond. The Alliance invited visual artists to respond to the killing of 18-year old Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, MO and to the worldwide reaction of the public, law enforcement and the media. This historic awakening, with Ferguson, MO as “ground zero” compelled Freida L. Wheaton, founder of the Alliance, to initiate St. Louis artistic documentation of the ensuing events as protest art. 

“Protest Art” has historically been a means of documenting social and political movements, and we are calling upon all artists to bring their voice – visual art – to the Movement. We are recording what future generations will view as “Ferguson:” not the St. Louis County municipality, but a 21st Century Movement for law and justice.

What issues were artists asked to consider?
The artists interpreted the Michael Brown killing and Ferguson without restrictions. Within the context of Hands Up, Don’t Shoot the overriding issues were civil rights, voting, oppression, justice issues, prosecutorial conduct, free speech, racial disparities, police brutality, community empowerment, the right to assemble, and other issues.


The Alliance of Black Art Galleries (the Alliance) was founded August 20, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. The organizers expressed a shared focus of exhibiting culturally relevant art and supporting artists whose career aspirations would benefit from broader exposure in galleries. The three primary reasons for starting the Alliance were: (1) to identify areas of cooperation and collaboration; (2) to share information of mutual interest; (3) and to express and demonstrate publicly the mutual support the galleries have for each other. 

Freida L. Wheaton, J D
Curator, Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Artists Respond
Founder, Alliance of Black Art Galleries
Owner and curator, Salon 53, a private residential art gallery.


The venues with exhibitions opening October 17, 2014


10th Street Gallery
419 N. 10th Street, St. Louis, MO 63101
Reception Friday, 10/17, 6-8pm

14th Street Artist Community Gallery 
2607/09 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106
Reception Friday, 10/17, 6-9pm

Exodus Gallery
5075 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108
Reception and films Saturday, 10/18, 5-7pm

Ferguson Municipal Public Library
35 N. Florissant Rd., Ferguson, MO 63135
Reception Friday, 10/17, 1:30-3 pm 

The Griot Museum of Black History
2505 St Louis Ave, St Louis, MO 63106
Reception Saturday, 10/18, 2-4pm

L. D. Ingrum Gallery & Studio 
4937 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108
Reception Saturday, 10/18, 3-5pm

Portfolio Gallery & Educational Center
3514 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO 63103
Reception Friday, 10/17, 5-7pm

Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO 
Reception Saturday, 10/18, 4-6pm

Saint Louis University Museum of Art
3663 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 
Reception Friday, 10/17, 5-7pm

Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
2658 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO 63103 
Reception and films Saturday, 11/15, 3-6pm

St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley Gallery ADMIN 
3400 Pershall Rd., Florissant, MO 63135
Gallery Talk & Reception Wednesday, 11/19, 1:30 pm

St. Louis Public Library at Central 
Carnegie Room
1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103
Reception Friday, 10/17, 3-5pm 

University of Missouri at St. Louis - Gallery FAB 
201 Fine Arts Building, Normandy, MO 63121
Reception Saturday, 10/18, 1-3pm

Vaughn Cultural Center
3701 Grandel Square, St Louis, MO 63108 
Reception Friday, 10/17, 7-9pm

The City of Ferguson (deemed a Venue)
Ferguson, Missouri 63135

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