PRESENT FUTURES: STRATEGIES TOWARD EMANCIPATION (PART ONE)

August 11–August 25, 2016

DENNY GALLERY POP-UP: 150 East Broadway | NYC

OPENING RECEPTION

AUGUST 11, 2016 @ 6–8PM

Denny Gallery Pop-up: 150 East Broadway, NYC

Join us for the opening reception of Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation (Part One). Meet some of the artists and the organizers, and learn more about this ongoing project.

Led by Teal Baskerville
Facilitated by Lynnette Miranda

BLACK STUDY & RADICAL THOUGHT

AUGUST 12, 2016 @ 1–2 PM

Denny Gallery Pop-up: 150 East Broadway, NYC

In The Undercommons, study is defined as “a mode of thinking with others separate from the thinking that the institution requires of you.” In essence, study is a prescription for radical thought and defying the class, racial and gender oppression reified within academia. As radical thinkers, we will come together to enact “study” and think through the legacy of our wisdom: what are the spaces that have fostered and nourished our thinking? How can we share and/or reproduce those spaces for others?

Suggested reading: “The University and the Undercommons,” The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study, Fred Moten and Stefano Harney (2013)

This is part of a three-part series of mid-day reflection, questioning, and knowledge sharing as we nourish both mind and body. *Participants should bring their own food.

Led by Teal Baskerville,  Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Lynnette Miranda, and Henry Murphy

STAYING WOKE INSIDE THE ARTS NONPROFIT

AUGUST 13, 2016 @ 2:30 PM

Denny Gallery Pop-up: 150 East Broadway, NYC

How do we practice critical arts organizing and arts administration? How do we stay woke while working in bureaucratic and hierarchical institutions? Join us for a conversation about productive strategies on surviving the non-profit art institution, promoting equitable practices, and making change from within. We will share thinking and methodologies that support the development and growth of a kind of critical arts administration centered on difference. We encourage participants to contribute their own strategies and insights during this dialogue.

READING BY DIAMOND STINGLY

AUGUST 13, 2016 @ 5 PM

Denny Gallery Pop-up: 150 East Broadway, NYC

Visual artist Diamond Stingily will perform a reading from Love, Diamond. Introduction by Kathy Cho.

Led by Teal Baskerville
Facilitated by Lynnette Miranda

IF I RULED THE WORLD: The Future of Black/Brown Leadership

AUGUST 14, 2016 @ 1–2 PM

Denny Gallery Pop-up: 150 East Broadway, NYC

In his 1996 masterpiece, Nas envisions a world ruled by a black leader with unlimited power. Twenty years later, we are coming to the end of Barack Obama’s presidency—a presidency in part defined by its limitations and what it was not able/allowed to achieve. As we prepare to close this chapter in our history, it is an important time to reflect on black/brown leadership in this country, both past and present, and ask ourselves what the future of black/brown leadership will, or perhaps more importantly, should look like?

Suggested reading + listening: “Obama’s Legacy: The First Black President,” The Washington Post, Peniel Joseph; “Black Leadership In The Age Of Obama: A Look Back,” All Things Considered, NPR, Audrie Cornish and Gwen Ifill

This is part of a three-part series of mid-day reflection, questioning, and knowledge sharing as we nourish both mind and body. *Participants should bring their own food.

Led by Henry Murphy

BLACK SOUNDS: A Collaborative Lecture

AUGUST 14, 2016 @ 2:30 PM

Denny Gallery Pop-up: 150 East Broadway, NYC

This collaborative lecture and conversation aims to create a platform for conversation around the role of black sonics —sound art, music, etc.— in imagining and enacting habitable futures for black bodies. We invite participants to contribute videos that capture this theme here. The program will feature screenings of a selection of submitted videos.

Led by Lynnette Miranda

UNLEARNING AND TEACHING TOWARD FREEDOM

AUGUST 17, 2016 @ 1–2 PM

Denny Gallery Pop-up: 150 East Broadway, NYC

Conceptual artist and educator Luis Camnitzer challenges us to apply “art thinking” into our everyday system of logic as well as other disciplines. Camnitzer believes that embedding art thinking into society’s consciousness should be art’s social function, shifting its role away from production and consumption, to one of investigation and subversion. As artistic practitioners, how do we enact, embody, and advance unlearning and decolonizing knowledge?

Through Camnitzer's writing we will discuss James Baldwin's "A Talk to Teachers" and together we will question systems of learning, exchange methodologies for unlearning, and create strategies for challenging power structures in teaching.

Suggested readings:
"A Talk to Teachers" James Baldwin (1963)
"ALPHABETIZATION, Part I: Protocol and Proficiency," e-flux journal No. 9, Luis Camnitzer (2009)
"ALPHABETIZATION, Part II: Hegemonic Language and Arbitrary Order," e-flux journal No. 10, Luis Camnitzer (2009)

This is part of a three-part series of mid-day reflection, questioning, and knowledge sharing as we nourish both mind and body. *Participants should bring their own food.

Facilitated by
Suhaly Bautista-Carolina

POETRY READING + OPEN MIC

AUGUST 19, 2016 @ 7–8:30 PM

Denny Gallery Pop-up: 150 East Broadway, NYC

Join us for a poetry reading & open mic hosted by the 2016 Weeksville Summer Arts Residency Fellows and Willow Arts Alliance.

The 2016 Weeksville Residency Program in collaboration with the Willow Arts Alliance, a program of Willows Books–international publisher of writers of color- aims to provide multidisciplinary artists of color a nurturing and inspiring space for work and collaboration. Enjoy readings by some of the 2016 Fellows. All audience members are encouraged to participate in the open mic.

Led by #MUSEUMWORKERSSPEAK

#MuseumWorkersSpeak: Institutional Accountability and Strategizing for Radical Accessibility

AUGUST 20, 2016 @ 7–8:30 PM

Denny Gallery Pop-up: 150 East Broadway, NYC

There can be no accountability without accessibility. In this session, we invite workers in museums and other cultural institutions to share organizing strategies aimed at removing barriers to entry and advancement rooted in oppressive structures. What actions sparked change? What actions met with backlash and how did you respond? How can we reckon the racist and colonialist foundations of these institutions while we seek to transform them into community-responsive sites of public engagement and laboratories for democracy? How can we end labor exploitation and racist programming within the walls of museums while we combat displacement and gentrification in the neighborhoods that surround them? What are we to do when our rent is on the line?

#MuseumWorkersSpeak is an action-oriented platform for social change at the intersection of labor, access, and inclusion. We are a collective of activist museum workers interrogating the relationship between museums’ stated commitments to social value and their internal labor practices. The ideas and issues discussed during this session will be expanded upon in a larger organizing forum that will take place this autumn.

Facilitated by
Suhaly Bautista-Carolina

AFROFUTURIST BOOK CLUB

AUGUST 21, 2016 @ 1–2:30 PM

Meet at 150 East Broadway, NYC
We will walk to the park on Forsyth Street

Founded in 2014, Black Magic is an Afrofuturism Book Club composed of womyn of the African Diaspora intended as a space to envision, imagine & create other possible futures. Join Black Magic for a reading & writing workshop that incorporates some of our favorite book club titles: “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler, “The Truth About Awiti” by C.P. Patrick and “Who fears death?” by Nnedi Okorafor. If you own any of these books, please bring them along with you.

Led by Megan Williams.

Co-Designed by Alexsandra Mitchell and Megan Williams.

Decentering the Archives: Contemporaneity Through the Historical Margins

AUGUST 21, 2016 @ 3:00 PM

Meet at 150 East Broadway, NYC
We will walk to the park on Forsyth Street

Participate in a dialogue around the role of archives and its relationship to contemporary art. Together we will consider the ways in which looking back at the histories and cultures of marginalized peoples through archives can not only inform us, but inspire future action.