Paul Robeson Galleries presents:
People Power with Lisa Conrad (Newark Print Shop), Evonne Davis (Gallery Aferro), Josh MacPhee (Interference Archive & Justseeds).
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Express Newark Room 312, Newark NJ 07102
People Power is a panel discussion on grassroots arts organizations and the role of collaboration in creating accessible, democratic, and community-driven arts initiatives.
About the Speakers:
Josh MacPhee: Brooklyn, NY
Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, and archivist. He is a founding member of both the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements based in Brooklyn, NY (InterferenceArchive.org). MacPhee is the author and editor of numerous publications, including Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Nowand Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture. He has organized the Celebrate People’s History poster series since 1998 and has been designing book covers for many publishers for the past decade (AntumbraDesign.org).
Evonne Davis: Newark, NJ
Evonne M. Davis is a working artist, as well as the co-founder and Artistic Director of Gallery Aferro and formerly Gallery/Education Director at City Without Walls, both in Newark, NJ. Originally from the Woodstock, NY area, she studied at School of Visual Arts and Cornell University. Over the past fifteen years with the gallery she has developed hundreds of exhibitions, residencies, education programs, public art initiatives, as well as more than 25 publications. Many of these efforts have been highly collaborative in nature, involving other nonprofits and collectives. She has curated dozens of independent and affiliated exhibitions, including with the curatorial team for Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art’s 2009 & 2012 Peekskill Projects. Her 2002 exhibition, Nostalgia and Decay, which originated in Coney Island, Brooklyn was moved to Borough Hall at the invitation of the Brooklyn Borough President. Evonne favors innovative locations such as vacant lots, storefront windows, on the sides of abandoned buildings and once, a 1978 volvo. Her goal is connect any willing audience with cultural experience.
Her current arts practice involves sculptural installations and experimental video. Her work deals with labor, systems, class, language, and parallels, dichotomies and juxtapositions present in everyday life. Her work is informed by a deep love of modern and contemporary poetry, and an insatiable curiosity about human nature. She has exhibited at venues such as the Krampf Gallery, NYC, Theater for the New City in NYC, Walsh Gallery in Orange NJ, Pritzker Gallery in
Poughkeepsie, NY, College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY, Alley Culture in Detroit, MI, and countless other galleries and alternative spaces nationwide.
She has worked with youth in a variety of contexts including creative writing for at-risk youth at the NYC LGBT Youth Center – The Zone, attendance counseling for the NYC BOE, and as a mentor in City Without Wall’s Artreach Program. Her committee service has included the Arts High School Advisory Committee, the NPS AV Committee, the City of Newark Committee on Arts, Culture, Tourism and Heritage, as well as board service with the Greater Newark Vistor’s and Convention Bureau. She is a graduate of the 2014-2016 Prudential Foundation Nonprofit Executive Fellows Program, as well as the 2016-2017 Cultural and Ethnic Arts Executive Leadership program, both at the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School. She regularly conducts portfolio reviews for undergraduate and graduate artists, most recently at the International Center of Photography, New York, NY and the Maryland Institute Contemporary Art, Baltimore, MD, as well as regular jurying for regional exhibitions and other artist opportunities for youth and adults. Along with Gallery Aferro co-director Emma Wilcox, she was invited to join the 2013 convening of the Gustav Heningburg Civic Fellowship, Rutgers Institute for Culture, Ethnicity and the Modern Experience, and jointly shared the honor of the Printmaking Center of NJ’s 2013 Erena Ray Award for Art and Social Justice.
Lisa Conrad is visual artist, art director, and art educator living and working in Newark, NJ. She is the founding executive director of the Newark Print Shop, a community printmaking facility founded in 2012 which is currently housed at Express Newark in the Hahne & Company Building. The shop incubates artistic expression through its educational opportunities, while simultaneously creating workspace for shop members and artists in the community. Conrad’s work focuses on creating space and programming that provides an accessible platform for artistic and creative expression.
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