WTF AmeriKa: Volume 1
21st Century Arts presents, "WTF AmeriKa: Volume 1" (An "At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection of Art and Justice" event) February 9 -24, 2018 at Gallery 74 on Tremont Street in Rochester. "WTF AmeriKa; Volume 1" is a visual and performance art installation comprised of large scale paintings and poetry by Henry Avignon in a 3-week dialogue with spoken word by Reenah Golden and FuturPointe Dance artists as well as community members.
February 9 - "WTF Amerika" - book reading by Henry Avignon
February 10 - A Black and White interracial dialogue in silence with paint on a massive canvas in response to audience commentary with a megaphone.
February 17 - Spoken word response by Reenah Golden - continuing the dialogue
February 24 - Dance response by FuturPointe Dance - continuing the dialogue. Closing panel with all artists.
About Henry Avignon:
Avignon studied photo journalism, literature, psychology, and has a masters degree is in creative writing. He is a conceptual photographer, Photosculptor, and a poet with a primary interest in innovating new process approaches to traditional tools and materials to broaden his survey of natures talent for shaping lightness and darkness into intimate varieties of material and immaterial signatures of energy. Henrys work is often classified as art and he is an artist. So, the classification of art is valid to some degree, but to Avignon it doesnt adequately encompass its journalistic intentions beyond that of decorative object.
About At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection of Art and Justice":
At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersections of Art and Justice, which was founded by Rachel DeGuzman and is produced by her company 21st Century Arts with collaboratives of organizers, began with a singular event, but has evolved into an ongoing initiative. Employing various forms of performance, presentation, organizing, and engagement coupled with entrepreneurial, innovative and experiential approaches this initiative will help to expand the regional anti-racism movement that is rigorously underway in other sectors of our community to the art and culture landscape.
The primary image in this post is a panel work by Henry Avignon from the "Impropoganda" collection titled "Help Me." It is a 3' x 6' acrylic and India ink on panel board.
Gallery 74 (View)
215 Tremont Street (Door 3/3rd Floor)
Rochester, NY 14608
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