What happens 如果二月永不结束?
2月 is a digital collage series by Lorenzo Baker that expands and explores the definitions 黑人历史. Looking at history from a unique vantage point, the daily project offers viewers insight into what is commonly known as 黑人历史月.
The push for celebrating 黑人历史月 began in the 1920s, with the work of 历史学家卡特G. Woodson, who proposed in 1926 that, "It is not so much a Negro 历史 Week as it is a 历史 Week. We should emphasise not Negro 历史, but the 历史上的黑人. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hatred and religious prejudice". Motivated by the achievements Carter. G Woodson, 2月 extends the argument that the achievements, moments, and record of Black people should be commemorated well beyond the standardized 28/29-day long window.
Sourcing from the principles of Afrofuturism, which override western approaches to time, space, and meaning, 2月 began by addressing the question “what happens 如果二月永不结束?” Utilizing historical photographs, documents, illustrations, and images sourced from the internet, the artworks bend the viewers understanding 什么是值得历史记载的. As a daily meditation on Black 历史, each artwork blends and incorporates new or obscure information and data into depictions of well-known and unfamiliar icons within the black historical cosmos.
Gallery 51 is honored to partake in this participatory art project sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit re搜索-art-education-media collective, directed by anthropologist Jason De León. 展览由……组成 ~3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. 这些标签是定位的 on a wall map of the desert showing the exact locations where remains were found. This installation will simultaneously take place at a large number of institutions, 无论是国内还是全球.
Gallery 51 along with 4 other partners will participate in a social distancing art project designed by artist and educator Yumi Janairo Roth. 该项目包括 kit prepared by the artist which includes directions, stencils, and materials to create markers for social distancing in public spaces. These are not just regular squares or lines though, as Roth repurposed Sol LeWitt’s 1973, Straight Lines in Four 方向 and All Their Possible Combinations for a time of social distancing”. 这是一种重新想象 of Sol LeWitt’s instructions and geometric shapes as instructions for standing and waiting as well as creating and maintaining spaces between ourselves. 所以当你旅行的时候 around the Berkshires keep an eye out for these Sol LeWitt squares.