The Andrew Freedman Home invites Bronx artists, community leaders, friends and neighbors to join us Sunday April 28th from 2-5pm for a community discussion about the arts, social responsibility and how to build community assets and opportunities for artists of The Bronx. This event will be live-streamed by BronxNet for anyone unable to attend in person.
The discussion will be led by a panel of community organizers, and begin with introductions and an initial discussion amongst the panelists. The discussion will then be opened to attendees to share their thoughts on the issues at hand. It is our hope that this community forum will be the first of many, and an opportunity to come together, share perspectives and create action steps to build a stronger arts community in The Bronx!
April De Simone, Co-Founder of DesingingTheWE (Moderator)
Walter Puryear, Executive Director of The Andrew Freedman Home
Elia Alba, Artist and Creator of The Supper Club
Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Author and board member of Bronx Council on the Arts and National Association of Latino Art
Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge: Ezili Dantor,
Freedom and the African Diaspora converses with
Fabiola Jean-Louis: RE-WRITING HISTORY: A Black
Ancestral Narrative. This immersive experience
expands beyond the Andrew Freedman Home galleries
with video sculpture, projection mapping, wearable art,
music, performance and dance; the entire 1st floor
comes alive in an unforgettable evening as AFH
regulars and new friends rewrite history together.
The event honors Ezili Dantor, a figure associated with
the Black Madonna, the Infant Jesus and self-liberated
African slaves. Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge
employ religious symbols to investigate the meaning of
freedom, drawing further connections between black
culture in the Caribbean and the United States.
Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge is the Bronx-based
collaborative of Yelaine Rodriguez, Melanie Gonzalez
and Benton C Bainbridge. The artists make
installations and performances at the intersection of
wearable art, performance art and media art. The Bronx
collaborative has shown at American Museum of
Natural History’s One Step Beyond, Wave Hill, and
Longwood Gallery. Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge
exhibited the video painting Ezili Dantor with Andrew
Freedman Home at Art Decentralized – The World of
Distributed Masterpieces, in conjunction with Art |
Basel Miami 2018.