Saturday: Self, Soul and Resistance

Oct. 1

In my interview with artist Malcolm Peacock, he suggested I look up what he called the best piece of writing about Simone Leigh's "The Waiting Room," an exhibition at the New Museum this past summer that featured workshops and installations involving self care and wellness practices that women of color have been doing since forever. "'The Waiting Room' does not position Blackness as tied inherently and inextricably to sorrow and violence," writes William J. Simmons in that Interview Magazine article. "[R]ather, it acknowledges the facts of a racist society while amplifying the self-reliant knowledge of the Black community—a knowledge that has yet to be fully recognized for its requisite skill and empathy." Valuing and preserving the black community's self-reliance and strength is something Peacock, one of 10 artists featured in tonight's exhibit at Eubie Blake (curated by Markele Cullins), says he's trying to tap into with his research-heavy, experiential art. The show's whole conceit seems in line with that thinking as well, featuring work by black and brown artists (including Balti Gurls Jenné Afiya and Suldano Abdiruhman, mixed media artist Morgan Strahorn, ceramicist Murjoni Merriweather, and others) whose works are "about but not exclusive to race, gender, sexuality, identity and body politics." Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Oct. 1, on view through Oct. 31, Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St., (410) 225-3130,, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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