Features

Gone But Not Disrespected

On the last Sunday in June 2022, a particularly hot day in Philadelphia, about 100 of us gathered in front of Saint Luke’s landing for the culmination of an experimental AIDS memorial called Gone and for Ever, a community-informed spectacle of sight, sound, and grief—part of Remembrance, a project of the William Way LGBT Community Center and funded by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage—to grapple with the question of how to memorialize amid the ongoing crisis.

Type:
Features
Source:
Fall 2022
Credit:
Text / Theodore Kerr

Refusing the Here—Now: An Afrofuturist Period Room and Black Fugitivity in the Undercommons

By mixing the historical and the contemporary, the analogue and the digital, the obsolete and the futuristic, the concrete and the speculative, the installation proposes a malleable reality, an undercommons existing not in the here-now but for, and toward, the future.

Type:
Features
Source:
Summer 2022
Location:
New York City, NY
Credit:
Text / Re’al Christian

We Meet in a Patchwork: Landscapes and Elsewheres

In the following collaborative text, Makshya Tolbert and DJ Hellerman weave a patchwork of shared curiosity and mutual enchantment while physically re/situating themselves within the American Southeast. At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, Tolbert and Hellerman’s bodies and spirits converge, diverge, expand.

Type:
Features
Source:
Winter 2021
Location:
Richmond, Virgina
Credit:
Text / DJ Hellerman and Makshya Tolbert