Thursday 06/11/20 2PM

CANCELED: Frontline Solidarity: AgitArte, Papel Machete, SONG

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Occupy Boston action, collaboration between AgitArte and City Life / Vida Urbana, 2011. Courtesy AgitArte

This conversation has been cancelled.

New Museum and A Blade of Grass have decided to cancel this conversation series. To conclude the collaboration, Prerana Reddy, Director of Programs at A Blade of Grass, and Andrew An Westover, Keith Haring Director of Education and Public Programs at the New Museum, will participate in a brief conversation about the vision for the series and launch Blade of Grass Magazine, which will take place on June 4 at 2:00 PM. You may register to join that discussion here.

This is an online program.

Prerana Reddy, Director of Programs at A Blade of Grass, will moderate a conversation on mutual aid networks as alternatives when state response is insufficient. Jorge Díaz Ortiz, a Puerto Rican artist and member of collectives Papel Machete and AgitArte, will lift up peoples’ responses to Hurricane Maria and recent earthquakes, as well as how self-organized groups are activating during the Covid-19 pandemic. Jose Romero and Harmony Phoenix, members of Southerners on New Ground (SONG), will describe how they build and maintain a Southern LGBTQ infrastructure for organizers in the face of rural isolation, right-wing religio-political infrastructure, racism, environmental degradation, hyperincarceration, and economic oppression. The panelists will also discuss how cultural organizing methodologies are central to their work with communities who live under multiple axes of oppression and the advancement of campaigns that center around ending money bail and pre-trial detention and melting ICE in the South. They will also share a new theatrical collaboration between Papel Machete and SONG that envisions a bold abolitionist future.

Part of the series Governance Reimagined: Three conversations between artists, activists, and the public.

The New Museum and socially engaged art nonprofit A Blade of Grass co-present three online discussions with artists and activists engaged in collective social change, international self-governance, and democratic movements. As communities around the world grapple with state failures during the global pandemic, this series leans into what has been done to create more equitable, empathetic, and humane systems of governance to model better futures that might emerge from the chaos.

Each discussion will be framed around an article from A Blade of Grass Magazine’s spring issue, guest edited by Laura Raicovich. Attendees will be provided with articles in advance to inform them of the topics at hand, and join the authors, The New Museum’s Andrew An Westover, Keith Haring Director of Education and Public Engagement, A Blade of Grass’ Prerana Reddy, Director of Programs, and special guests invited to broaden the dialogue and address the current moment.

Accessibility Information:
This event will be live captioned.


This program is co-presented with A Blade of Grass.

Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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