Artists and Workers of Color Timelines -Session1


Artists and Workers of Color Collective Timelines, 1
From Civil Rights to Artist Rights (1960-1980)

Triangle Association
20 Jay Street #318,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Saturday, January 24th, 2015


AWCi @ ThePublicSchool NYC | AWCI facebook event

From Civil Rights to Artists Rights. In this first session we will discuss the intersection of art and activism by people of color. We will map out the events and activities by civil rights groups and artists groups like Spiral, Black Panthers, Brown Berets/Chicano Movement, Young Lords, Women Students and Artists for Black Art Liberation.

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Documents of Resistance 2: October 11, 2014 @ Free University



Uncovering histories and amplifying voices. Letters of protest by artists of color, past and present.

Saturday, October 11, 2014; 2–3pm / “Horizontal Art Action” Free University NYC/Art in Odd Places 2014 / Campos Plaza, 611 East 13th St, Nyc |

Uncovering histories. Amplifying voices. An informal discussion on race, class, and gender in art institutions. In this discussion we will look closely at various documents of protest by artist of color from 1960s to the present. Afterward artist Kenneth Pietrobono will discuss his work as it relate to class, race, and gender. |

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Documents of Resistance I: July 5, 2014 @ Free University


DOCUMENTS OF RESISTANCE 1 @ Free University NYC – July 5, 2014

Uncovering histories and amplifying voices. Letters of protest by artists of color, past and present. 

“Subtleties of Resistance” Free University NYC @ Kara Walker/Creative Time |

Why did people of color protest museums and art institutions in the 1960s and ‘70s, and has anything changed today? Inspired by the Civil Rights movement, Black and Puerto Rican artists began organize themselves during the 60s and 70s. Spiral, and later the Black Emergency Arts Coalition, The Puerto Rican Art Workers Coalition, AWC Black Bloc all questioned the position of people of color in major New York museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions. Many demands were made to the Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum, and the MoMa. These groups demanded that more artists of color be included in all levels of the museum operation–from staff, directors, and curators, to exhibiting artists and permanent collections.

[Protest letters and documents from people of color from the 60s/70s and the recent open letters will be distributed by Arts & Labor Alternative Economies Working Group in anticipation of “Alternative To What?”, a collaborative group reading series exploring the idea of ‘alternatives’ in the art world.]

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Documents of Resistance



Uncovering histories and amplifying voices. Letters of protest by artists of color, past and present.

Next: 3 Month Research residency at Triangle Arts Association Dec 2014–Feb 2015
Related workshop listing: Artists and Workers of Color Initiative / Reading, Research, and Production @ ThePublicSchoolNYC





Commonalties at Altes Finanzamt


June 4th-9th, 2012

I. Is space the only thing that divides us? And is color and shape really the only thing that further differentiates our divided spaces? Even then, Spinoza’s physical theory tell us that in regards to individuality, our bodies are really only modifications of a single substance. We are all woven from the same thread, to put it in colloquial terms. Then can it be said that exchanges and engagements with in art can be a place where commonalities are created as a way to deal with this superficial division of space, color, and shape?

workshop & visual propositions

Altes Finanzamt
Schönstedtstraße 7
EG Neukölln 12043

[We ask of the participants to expand this text using various sources, notions, scenarios, and incidences. These elements will be gathered and discussed at Altes Finanzamt in Berlin, June 4-9th. Expanding list of participants & collaborators: Antonio Serna (NY),  Are You Meaning Company (JP/DE), Ayaka Okutsu, Bruno Antunes (PT/DE), Christine Cheung(CA/DE), Christian Hincapie (USA), Darren Jones(USA), Diego Chamy(AR), Futo Akiyoshi + Kouichi Tabata(JP/DE), Kristin Trethewey(CA/DE), Lorenzo Sandoval(PT/DE), Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi(JP/DE), Michael Lee(SG/DE), MiYoung Sohn(USA), Snack HATOBA(DE) | Last Updated Sept 25, 2012 ]