“Season of the Black Vanguard” is part 2 of an innovative, creative engagement project that began in January 2021. For more information and to view videos from part 1 - the “Season of Warhol” Black Artist Engagement Project, go here - https://mag.rochester.edu/exhibitions/black-artists-engagement-project/
In partnership with Rachel DeGuzman of 21st Century Arts Inc., MAG invited six Rochester-based Black artists in their 20s and 30s to respond to the current suite of Andy Warhol exhibitions and installations on view at MAG through March 28th, and in particular to the limited-edition print “Birmingham Race Riot” (1964). This idea developed out of a desire to animate the legacy of Andy Warhol in the context of the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement.
The Rochester based artists included Lavonne Barfield, Martin Hawk, Erica Jae, Cocoa Rae, Narada Riley, and Brittany Williams. The artists were asked to create new or repurpose existing original artwork – inspired by the Seasons of Warhol exhibition – especially work from the “Death and Disaster” series.
Because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, none of the engagement with the artists and audiences was in person. With in-person gatherings now permissible, the participants decided to present phase 2 which is titled “Season of the Black Vanguard.” Phase 2 will be presented July 29 -August 8 at The Black House on Tremont Street and from 1 to 5 pm on July 31 at the Memorial Art Gallery in the Pavilion.
• At The Black House – audiences can view the artwork the artists presented for the “Season of Warhol” Black Artists Engagement Project in person, on display July 29 (noon-4 pm), July 30 (4-8 pm), August 5 (noon-4pm), August 6 (1st Friday reception 4-9 pm), August 7 (1 to 6 pm), and August 8 (1-5 pm).
• At the Memorial Art Gallery – participating artists will talk about their work they created for the project, the “Season of Warhol” exhibition, and other insights from the Black Artist Engagement project. Refreshments will be served. July 31, 1 to 5 pm.