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The Social Justice Collaboration Quilts Project featuring the Quilts of Angola Prison

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

On October 5th, Gallery Aferro will become the bridge between two worlds with the opening receptions of three art exhibitions that touch on the compelling power of sound and its ability to connect the visual, the tactile and the poignant. Join artists, activists and advocates as they kick off the fall season with Aferro as the artist-run space shares the works of creative minds unlike any other. 

The first exhibit, The Social Justice Collaboration Quilts Project featuring the Quilts of Angola Prison, is a visceral blend of creativity, advocacy and history. Thanks to the hard work of artist and private investigator Maureen Kelleher, this curated collaboration between Louisiana State Penitentiary incarcerated prisoners and free civilians utilizes handmade quilts, musical accompaniment, and experiential narratives to connect two worlds often muted in the name of fear. 

Kelleher brings her decades of experience culled from her investigative work, which has been instrumental in helping exonerate 3 men off of Louisiana’s death row, to craft a showcase that includes music from artists such as Irma Thomas, Delfeayo Marsalis, and the Venerable Robina Courtin, with endorsements from the nation’s foremost expert on Harriet Tubman, Dr. Kate Clifford-Larson. The original fabric art created by the hands of inspiring artists, including members of the Louisiana State Penitentiary Hospice Program; Dr. Mutulu Shakur, the godfather of Tupac Shakur; and Ramsey Orta, the man who recorded the death of Eric Garner, will grace Aferro’s Main Gallery and tap into the humanity in all of us.

Still Living Out Loud is an exhibition featured in Aferro’s Eleta J. Caldwell and Rodney M. Gilbert Memorial Gallery, and it too melds the spheres of fabric, sound and transformation. Self-taught artist Geri Hahn specializes in biomorphic, geometric and brightly colored hand-sewn works of linen, metallic floss and embroidered silk, allowing her to bring to life an embodied interpretation of her own synesthesia. Combine this singular show with a step inside our third exhibit, Elevator Music 6, spotlighting a new audio artist you’ll definitely want to have on your radar, and this fall, Gallery Aferro may just leave you speechless. 

The free, all-ages event scheduled from 7-10pm will serve refreshments. Join us!

For Full Artist Listing, see aferro.org. For Publicity Images, contact: Candace Nicholson, Gallery Manager, (973) 353-9533, cnicholson@aferro.org


October 5
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Gallery Aferro
73 Market St
Newark, NJ 07102 United States
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