This multi-city exhibition started in 2016 at University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House (Philadelphia, PA) and traveled to Columbia College’s Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery (Chicago, IL). The exhibit then traveled over the next two years to Augustana Teaching Museum of Art at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids MI), Cuesta College’s Harold J Miossi Art Gallery (San Luis Obisbo, CA), Texas State Galleries (San Marcos, TX),Kalamazoo College’s Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (Kalamazoo, MI), the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute (Louisville, KY), and PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture (Portland, OR). Over the Summer of 2018 an OYO related education project was developed with Ox-Bow School of Art (Saugutuck, MI).
The exhibit features newly commissioned artwork by participants from the country, including Amber Art & Design, Anna Martine Whitehead (with Thread Makes Blanket), Irina Contreras, Robby Herbst, Matt Neff, Mary Patten, Dave Pabellon, Helen Shiller’s Keep Strong Magazine photo archives, Frank Sherlock (with Kelly Writers House), Society Editions collaboration with the poets of the Young Patriots Organization, Dan S. Wang, Rosten Woo.
The reading area of the exhibition includes the project catalog edited by Anthony Romero for Soberscove Books with reflections on this project from Fred Moten, Mark Nowak, Rasheedah Phillips, Bettina Escauriza, Mariam Williams and Jen Hofer. Also see online project documentation featured on organizeyourown.wordpress.com by Irina Contreras, Anne Braden Institute, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Salem Collo-Julin, and Thomas Graves with Jennifer Kidwell.
Curated by Daniel Tucker, the exhibition project also includes numerous events (panels, tours, performances and public projects) which have taken place throughout previous exhibition runs. Original funding for the project came from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (Philadelphia) and Columbia College (Chicago).
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