Word on the Street is a timely group exhibition that reflects a long tradition of artists as advocates for social justice and political change. Throughout history, art has always reflected its time, and artists have served as provocateurs, teachers, and channels; giving voice to the voiceless. Artists from Peekskill and nearby towns have been mobilized to address some of the many social justice issues of the present day like police brutality, women’s reproductive rights, and immigrant’s rights to name a few.
The exhibition attempts to highlight the fact that Human Rights are not separate or reserved for a privilege few, but rather that these rights are all interrelated and interdependent for all citizens.
Word on the Street exhibition will take place at the Robeson Gallery in Peekskill who maintains a mission and ongoing program to embody actor, singer and Civil Rights activist Paul Robeson’s life-long commitment to unfettered artistic freedom, cultural democracy, and transnationalism. The mission is carried out in the presentation of visual arts exhibitions, gallery education and other public programs, and in partnerships with community organizations.
Please join the artists’ community in Peekskill for an eye-opening, challenging, provocative, and thoughtful exhibition of art that calls for collective action! The opening reception is Saturday April 1st, 6pm-9pm. Gallery will be open for public viewing on Saturdays, April 8th, 15th (closed Apr 22nd), 29th and May 1st from 12p-4pm.
Image: Sara Bunn, “I Can’t Breathe”, dress constructed of cotton batik, linen, poly/silk textile, iron-on MLK image.
Photograph by Derrick Muldrow, 24” x 24” C-print.