September 8th, 6-10 p.m.
September 9th, 6-10 p.m.
50/50, 1628 Wyoming St., Kansas City, Missouri 64102
50/50 presents two evenings of six facilitators conducting hourly workshops in response to the recent violent events of the summer of 2016. These facilitators will utilize the empty containers of 50/50 to lead expanded workshops with complete creative freedom and direction. The staff of 50/50 serves as a logistical staff to ensure the coordination of such workshops. The theme of this event is to remember these tragic events for their entirety and to instill this for direct, positive action.
As a white led institution, 50/50 has chosen a selection of texts from other institutions that are also in solidarity of Black Lives Matter. While there are a few exceptions, large portions of our local and national community remain silent despite the recent acts of violence, oppression, and injustice. 50/50 believes there are not enough institutions using the power of their platforms for action. The following texts and authors ask, how do artists and art institutions participate with the Black Lives Matter movement? What agency do we have as creatives and how does this intersect with political power?
The Laundromat Project:
The Laundromat Project sees artists as unique connectors who build bridges with community members across disparate ideas, cultures, and points of view. Artists are dynamic and powerful assets in our communities, bringing unconventional perspectives and creative solutions to challenges and situations, particularly during these troubling times.
Artists have the power to push our societal conversation forward–asking difficult questions, taking personal risks. We are proud to support their work, protect their freedom of expression and help amplify their voices.
Museum of Modern Art, New York:
Others have posted the black monochrome square that has appeared repeatedly after police killings, as if to say there are in fact no images that can capture the scale of this crisis and that the image of the black body in pain is part and parcel of how black people are policed. In other words: Can images do anything but aggravate the problem?
At their best, pictures—on Instagram or at a museum—can offer a space of both meditation and change where anger, fear, and ambivalence can coexist. Sometimes artists respond to documents of death by giving you another option than either looking away or staring at the gore of your news feed. At other times, the significance of an artwork itself can change, especially when it enters a collection or institution. As it moves from the original place it was made, it takes on added meanings, rubbing up against other artworks and adding to our public image bank as new events occur and time passes.
Black lives matter to 50/50.
50/50 recognizes the responsibility we have to the multicultural community we inhabit and support. As a platform for fostering progressive dialogues, we are committed to exhibiting artists of diverse perspectives who take risks within their practice. 50/50 does not take this commitment lightly and supports the creative expression of artists and will fight against censorship. As a safe space 50/50 does not tolerate anti-LGBTQIA, race or gender hate speech, violence, or harassment.
A full schedule of the events and facilitator bios will be available at 5050kc.com soon. Each evening will conclude with a one-hour group discussion.
**Guests may park at the Golden Oxe Parking Lot located at 1600 Genessee St. Please note, 50/50 has no restroom.**