Night Gallery presents a Benefit Exhibition for Black Lives Matter

Night Gallery presents a Benefit Exhibition for Black Lives Matter

Night Gallery presents a Benefit Exhibition for Black Lives Matter

Deana Lawson joins David Kordansky Gallery and more.

Deana Lawson joins David Kordansky Gallery and more.

Text: Laura Sanchez

As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to grow, more artists, brands and businesses are finding ways to support. Night Gallery is presenting "Black Lives Matter: A Benefit Exhibition, through June 22. A hundred percent of the gallery's share of proceeds will benefit Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, the Equal Justice Initiative, Critical Resistance, and the Los Angeles Action Bail Fund. The exhibition includes work by Tomashi Jackson, who exhibited a solo body of work at Independent in 2019. Jackson's work often reflects on what she refers to as the "intense separation of people based on societal perceptions of color."

Tomashi Jackson, Interstate Love Song (Derek III), 2018

The gallery selected Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, wanting to support this historic movement their own city. Following input from artists, a portion of proceeds will also benefit four other causes: the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, an organization devoted to closing the employment equity gap for Black workers; the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons; Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization building a movement to abolish the prison industrial complex; and the Los Angeles Action Bail Fund, providing rapid response aid to the protestors on the front lines of this fight.

Christine Wang, Assata Taught Me, 2016

David Kordansky Gallery has recently announced representation of the artist Deana Lawson. Lawson makes photographs that explore the black familiar and its relationship to lore, global histories, and traditions; transforming observational picture-making into a powerful mode of expression, critique, and celebration. Her photographs emphasize formal approaches to film commonly associated with both Western and African 20th-century portraiture practices, with staged situations creating expansive images of contemporary personhood.

Deana Lawson
Deana Lawson

Fortnight Institute will be donating 100% of the proceeds from sales of Somaya Critchlow's artist's book Sincere for Synonym to Black Women's Blueprint and The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL). Critchlow's figurative paintings of women, mostly produced on a small scale, combine and subvert the cultural expectations of race, gender and power in the history of portraiture.

Printed Matter has initiated an open call for free PDFs of anti-racist posters, pamphlets, signs, flyers, organizing material, handouts and zines that provide information about the ongoing fight for racial equality and the movement to protect Black lives. The materials can be downloaded with suggested payment to the artist or an activist organization, fundraiser or mutual aid network of their choice. Artwork submitted by BIPOC artists will be prioritized. The PDFs will be downloadable from Printed Matter’s website to print at home or at a studio offering free printing services for anti-racist protestor use, also listed on their website.

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