Cage-free & Non-conforming: A Long Table Conversation and Installation
An afternoon of art, community and liberation featuring the work of Jahmal B. Golden, a film screening, and a Long Table Conversation at Gallery Seventy Four in Rochester, New York.
Cage-Free and Non-conforming is A Long Table discussion exclusively between queer/trans/gender non -conforming individuals, set off by film screening and other visual provocations as well as a presentation and art installation by Jahmal B. Golden, a trans-femme artist and creative director who is based in New York City. Golden is a Rochester, New York native.
Golden and other Long Table participants will share stories of resilience as well as the realities of what stifles and plagues them and others like them.
Cage-free & Non-Conforming: A Long Table Conversation and Installation is presented by 21st Century Arts and is an event of At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection of Art and Justice/co-curated by Rachel Y. DeGuzman and Jahmal B. Golden.
March 24, 2018 3 to 6 pm
215 Tremont Street, Rochester, New York (Door 3|Floor 3)
Registration, $15. Register at http://Cagefree&Nonconforming.brownpapertickets.com
The image in this post is art by Jahmal B. Golden - "CRISTOBAL (A Gap In Between)," 2017.
Black transgender and gender non-conforming people face some of the highest levels of discrimination of all transgender people according to a new analysis Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.anti-transgender bias coupled with structural racism meant that transgender people of color experienced particularly devastating levels of discrimination, with Black respondents often faring worse than all others.
According to Sharon Lettman-Hicks of the National Black Justice Coalition,from education to employment and housing discrimination, from police brutality to health care disparities, Black transgender people are suffering at extremely high rates due to bigotry and transphobia. Nearly half of all Black transgender respondents report being harassed at work and at school. Twenty-six percent are unemployed and 34 percent report annual incomes of less than $10,000 per year. These numbers are appalling, and these living conditions are unacceptable for any human being gender conforming or not.
What is a Long Table Conversation?
The Long Table is an experimental open public forum that is a hybrid performance-installation-roundtable designed to facilitate dialogue through the gathering together of people with common interests developed by the artist and academic Lois Weaver. At this long table, all the invitees are artists, educators, culture workers or social justice advocates.
This is a performance of dinner table conversation where everyone seated at the table is a guest performer. Talk is the only course (though refreshments will be served before the conversation begins). There is no moderator just assistance from the host. It is a democracy. After the invited participants have chatted for 30-minutes, other attendees can tap someones shoulder to take a seat at the table. The original participants are welcomed back to the conversation through the same process. There is an end, but no conclusion.
About At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection of Art and Justice
In an interview on NBC's Meet the Press, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. noted the most segregated hour in America was 11 am on Sunday morning a day and time in 1960 when most Christians were at worship in church. Unfortunately, US churches arent significantly more integrated today, and in Upstate New York, houses of worship are rivaled for the most segregated designation by the institutions and events of the art/culture sector.
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.
Why is this important? Despite generations of progress and good intentions, a few years ago we, in Greater Rochester, NY, acknowledged that systemic racism persists. The community responded with a multi-faceted approach, which for the most part, doesnt encompass the impact of racism in the art and culture sector. Art/culture continues to be a segregated landscape with great disparities in representation and resources.
-Existing inequities in art and culture threaten the sustainability and vitality of the sector as well as the viability of the community.
-Racism impacts the degree to which art and culture is valued by its broadest citizenry
-Racism frustrates efforts to expand participation, including the diversification of staffs, boards, audiences and patrons
-Racism in the sector limits the art/culture we are exposed to and its standards of excellence (Look to the success of Hamilton as one example of untapped potential)
-Racism in art and culture distorts the story of us, which is often interpreted and retold by creatives
-Persistent racism in art and culture lessens its (potentially) powerful capacity to bring us together
Gallery Seventy Four (View)
215 Tremont Street (Door 3/3rd Floor)
Rochester, NY 14608
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