If you have not had the opportunity to visit Weeksville Heritage Center to see Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn, this coming weekend is your last chance! escape artist is proud to have designed the costumes for Simone Leigh’s “Free People’s Medical Clinic” (FPMC), one of four installations sponsored by Creative Time.
Since September 20th, community, art lovers, families, cultural anthropologists, press, etc. have participated in touring the walking exhibition that ranges from Leigh’s clinic to Otabenga Jones & Associate’s radio station broadcasting from the back of a classic pink Cadillac. This project was curated by Rashida Bumbray and recently featured on the cover of the New York Times Arts section, where writer Holland Cotter reflects on his experience while visiting. In the article Cotter takes note of the design aesthetic that we cultivated for the style of dress for Leigh’s vision of her clinic:
For the project, Ms. Leigh has turned it into a walk-in health center, modeled on those opened by the Black Panthers in the 1960s, but with a 19th-century overlay: Its staff is dressed in a style of uniforms worn by a society of black nurses called the United Order of Tents, which was founded in the mid-19th century, did valiant work during the Civil War, and still has headquarters in the neighborhood.
Leigh’s dedication to paying homage to these nurses throughout the process of envisioning her clinic was so evident from our first meeting about wardrobe. It’s nice to see recognition of her passion for authenticating this beauty, while provoking thought around this history. Every weekend Leigh’s clinic has hosted an array of free services and classes focused on health and wellness. During this final weekend, FPMC has a schedule of classes and events ranging from “Earth, Wind & Fire” yoga classes to HIV Screenings. To register, click here and make a point to stop by to take in the entire project before it is gone!