funkgodjazz&medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn
Opening Party: September 20th 2-6pm
Weeksville Heritage Center: 158 Buffalo Avenue & Bergen Street. Brooklyn, NY
September 20 – October 12, 2014. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12-6pm
escape artist had the pleasure of collaborating and designing costumes for artist Simone Leigh’s “Free Peoples Medical Clinic” (FPMC), which is one of four projects in Creative Time and Weeksville Heritage Center‘s Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn. This is a walkable month-long art exhibition of community-based art commissions curated by Rashida Bumbray, and also including artists Xenobia Bailey, Otabenga Jones & Associates, and Bradford Young. Black Radical Brooklyn launches from the site of Weeksville, a Brooklyn community established by free and formerly enslaved Black citizens 11 years after abolition in New York State. Simone Leigh‘s project focuses on engaging the critical intersections of public health, racial consciousness, and women’s work as it asks viewers to consider the often-overlooked players – most especially the unknown Black women nurses, osteopaths, gynecologists, and midwives – who have overserved an underserved population for centuries.