Black Art and Social Practice

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Master Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr, Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Social practice, sculpture, and installation, at Reed College, talks about their visual art and social practice contesting institutional racism, police violence, and the school to prison pipeline. In excerpts from their April talk—and performance art—at WSU’s 2024 social justice conference (SJCon), Stevenson speaks of recreating and revising a classic photo of Black Panther Huey P. Newton, and about their recent PICA exhibit, which integrates tear gas cannisters collected from the playground of Cottonwood Elementary School, during the police riots in the wake of the George Floyd racial uprising. And they speak about their arts-based work with the Fred Hampton Summer Camp at King Elementary School and their recreation of the Portland Panthers’ Breakfast Program.

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