An Evening Convening at the Brooklyn Historical Society

Tuesday, November 20
Brooklyn Historical Society

While Brooklyn is widely known as home to one of the largest Caribbean diasporas in the world, lesser known is the presence of the Guyanese-American community, the 5th largest immigrant community in NYC. Join three of Guyana’s leading female literary voices to explore the politics and role of migration in Brooklyn’s dynamic community. Novelists Natalie Hopkinson (A Mouth is Always Muzzled) and Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont(The Guyana Contract) join playwright Ingrid Griffith (Demerara Gold) to reflect on the importance of Guyanese women who, since the 1950s to present, have been a driving force in…

Ivan Forde, “Birth of Enkidu,” 2015. Silkscreen, black smalt, cyanotype on paper. 22x30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Ivan Forde: Dense Lightness
Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York
November 8 — December 15, 2018
Opening Reception Thursday, November 8 from 6–8pm
Performance on Thursday, November 29th at 7 pm

Dense Lightness is Forde’s first solo exhibition, bringing together multimedia works from the artist’s interdisciplinary experimentations with cyanotype. Drawn from Forde’s long-term work and research around the ancient Mesopotamian epic poem Gilgamesh/He Who Saw The Deep, this installation invites visitors to experience the artist’s studio practice.

Forde inserts his own image into photographs and prints in order to embody fragments and motifs addressed in the Gilgamesh

Keisha Scarville, from her new series “Alma.” 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

Keisha Scarville: Alma
November 1 — December 13, 2018
Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery, Light Work, Syracuse
Gallery Talk:
Thursday, November 1, 6pm
Reception: Thursday, November 1, 5–7pm

Keisha Scarville’s primary theme is the relationship between transformation and the unknown. Grounded in photography, she works across media to explore place, absence, and subjectivity. After the death of her mother in 2015, Scarville deepened her use of photography as a way to explore how the loss of such an anchor point can affect one’s identity and sense of both absence and self in the world. …

Griffith Performs Acclaimed Play at East Hampton Library, New York

Ingrid Griffith

By Mark Segal | The East Hampton Star

Ingrid Griffith was 7 years old when her parents emigrated from Guyana to the United States, leaving her and her older sister with their grandmothers, one of whom was a recluse, the other a religious fanatic. Five years passed before the girls joined their parents on Long Island.

Ms. Griffith, an actress and writer with a house in Springs, has turned her story into “Demerara Gold,” an 80-minute solo show she will perform Saturday afternoon at 3 at the East Hampton Library. …

Donald Locke, “Plantation K/140,” detail, 1976. Courtesy of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

By Guyana Modern | Emory University Libraries

It is with great excitement to share that Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia has acquired, and recently made open for research, the papers of artist Donald Locke. This important accession by a university ensures the care of Locke’s legacy, and recognizes the vitality of Guyanese artistic production.

Detailing the contents of the papers, Emory Libraries shares that, “The collection consists of the papers of Donald Locke from 1953–2016. Material documents Locke’s professional life from his first educational degree in 1957 through the end of his career. The papers show Locke’s career versatility showcasing…

The artist turns Christopher Columbus, Peter Stuyvesant, and the doctor who experimented on female slaves into fetish figures burdened by their histories.

Hew Locke, Hamilton, Central Park,” 2018, c-type photograph with mixed media, 72 x 48 ins. Courtesy of P.P.O.W.

By Javier Pes | artnet News

It wasn’t Columbus Day for everyone in the US this week. Many eschewed the national holiday to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, choosing instead to honor the histories of Native Americans and other indigenous peoples around the world. Similarly, the artist Hew Locke has found a new way to reveal overlooked or marginalized histories — by re-imagining the statues of dead white males who benefited from colonialism or the slave trade.

For Locke’s new series, which was unveiled today in New York, he has focused on the city’s increasingly polarizing public monuments. Through his photo-based…

Hew Locke, detail of “Stuyvesant, Jersey City,” 2018. C-type photograph with mixed media, 183 x 122 cms. Courtesy of the artist.

Hew Locke, Patriots
October 11 — November 10, 2018

Opening reception: Thursday, October 11, 6–8pm

P.P.O.W Gallery
535 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

As shared by P.P.O.W, the exhibition Patriots by multimedia artist Hew Locke will his first with the New York-based gallery. Read below for information on the show as released by P.P.O.W:

The exhibition will continue Locke’s investigation into the idea of The Hero, and the role public statues play in the way national identity and history are formed, an element of his practice that he has been exploring since 2002. This interest was born out…

Leroy Trotz, teacher and forefather of STEM education in Guyana

Leroy Trotz. Courtesy of The Voice.

By Leah Sinclair | The Voice

There’s agrowing popularity in people from underrepresented communities engaging in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector. In fact, the growth rate in the number of women graduates in physical science exceeded that of men in the UK in 2017.

And despite a need to increase inclusion within this field, we are seeing more organisations highlight the need for diversity within the STEM field and raise the profile of BAME grads engaging in various sciences.

One of the key black figures that have paved the way in STEM — long before the popular…

Frank Bowling, “Elder Sun Benjamin,” detail, 2018, acrylic and mixed media on collaged canvas,
119.29h x 203.54w in. Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Hales Gallery, London.
© 2018 Frank Bowling.

By Zachary Small | Hyperallergic

Frank Bowling spent his formative years criss-crossing between three continents and running into everyone from David Hockney to Jasper Johns and Clement Greenberg. But long before joining this elite crowd of Anglo-American abstract expressionists and modernist myth-makers, he was simply a boy from New Amsterdam, a coastal city located on the northeastern edge of Guyana in South America. There, his father was a paymaster of the local police district, and his mother ran a small dressmaking and millinery shop, which she later expanded into a general store.

And although Bowling has called London home for…

Dr. Cheryl Finley’s Investigation into “The Art of the Slave Ship Icon”

Roshini Kempadoo, “ECU: European Currency Unfolds 03 (Italian Lira)” 1992, digital print.

In an extensive new historical and theoretical survey Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon, art historian Dr. Cheryl Finley “traces how the slave ship icon became a powerful tool in the hands of British and American abolitionists, and how its radical potential was rediscovered in the twentieth century by black artists, activists, writers, filmmakers, and curators…She demonstrates how the icon was transformed into poetry, literature, visual art, sculpture, performance, and film — and became a medium through which diasporic Africans have reasserted their common identity and memorialized their ancestors.”

Finley discusses the work of two Guyanese…

Patrick Bova

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