OPENING WEEKEND SCHEDULE FOR SIMONE LEIGH’S FREE PEOPLE’S MEDICAL CLINIC
Saturday, September 20: Well Women Care, with Ancient Song Doula Services (12:00-6:00pm) Afrocentering-Pilates, with Aimee Cox (12:30-1:45pm) Nurses Hour (Consult with a nurse about your health concerns), with Shaquana Barham (1:00-3:30pm) Message Therapy, with Malik Bellamy (4:00-8:00) Black Folk Dance-Dunham based, with Aimee Cox (2:30-4:00) Community Acupuncture, with Julia Bennett (4:30-8:00) Affordable Health Care Act Navigation and HIV screenings, with Housing Works (12:00-6:00pm) Performances, (Aimee Cox and UHURA perform sun salutations, featuring Majora Carter) throughout the afternoon
Sunday, September 21 Solid Gold-Vinyasa Yoga, with Kami Jones (12:30-1:45) Nurses Hour (Consult with a nurse about your health concerns), with Joy Mitchell (1:00-4:00pm) Solid Gold-Vinyasa Yoga, with Kami Jones (2:45-4:00) Message Therapy, with Malik Bellamy (2:00-6:00) Affordable Health Care Act Navigation and HIV screenings, with Housing Works (12:00-6:00pm) Performances, (Kami Jones and UHURA perform sun salutations, featuring Majora Carter) throughout the afternoon
The 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville has been transformed! Inspired by X Clan’s album cover for “To The East,” this bright pink car will be the hub for Otabenga Jones & Associates’ temporary radio station—OJBK FM—for the run of #FunkGodJazzMedicine.
Come see the live broadcast at the intersection of Malcolm X Boulevard and Utica Avenue, starting at noon this Saturday! Opening day programming will include DJ sets, artist talks, and a performance by Rucyl.
To accompany their artworks for Funk, God, Jazz & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn (opening this Saturday!), we asked all four artists to contribute playlists of music that inspired or evokes their commissions. With everything from Sun Ra to Outkast, these soundtracks express both the common themes of the exhibition and the vibrant individuality of our featured artists. Enjoy!
Just one week ago, the four sites of our Funk, God, Jazz & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn commissions remained completely empty. (Pictured, from the top: Stuyvesant Mansion, home to Simone Leigh’s Free People’s Medical Clinic, Public School 83, home to Bradford Young’s film installation Bynum Cutler, and one of the historic Hunterfly Road houses at Weeksville, home to Xenobia Bailey’s installation of “funkified” furniture).
Stay tuned this week as the four projects come together in time for this Saturday’s big opening!
The countdown to Saturday 9/20 begins! Come to Weeksville Heritage Center at 2pm to celebrate the opening of #FunkGodJazzMedicine with us. Featuring DIY workshops, food from Bread Love and music by Manchildblack and Jesse Boykins III, the day is not to be missed.
And of course, the four installations by Xenobia Bailey, Bradford Young, Otagenga Jones & Associates, and Simone Leigh will be open the entire afternoon from 12–6pm—all within a few blocks.
“I still paint. I love the joy that color can give to our lives and to our communities. I try to bring something of the artist in me to my politics.”
Meet Creative Time Summit: Stockholm keynote speaker Edi Rama! As Prime Minister of Albania, Rama is loved for championing a number of initiatives that have transformed urban space for the better–from beautifying the city with paint to creating an abundance of new green space. He has led important post-Communist reforms, including the vetting of government officials to reestablish civic trust. In addition to his civic innovations, Rama is a noteworthy painter and writer, and grew up the son of a sculptor.
Visuals and audio by collective member Yulan Grant. The performance also features a voice-automated reading of the following poem, written specifically for the piece by collective member Justin Allen. We encourage you to reblog and revise the poem as you wish:
Bradford Young is currently in the editing room working on his three-channel video installation titled “Bynum Cutler.” Inspired by late playwright August Wilson, the film will feature velvet monuments set against the backdrop of Weeksville’s historic Bethel Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in a tribute to the pioneering Black women, men, and children who embarked on countless journeys in search of refuge. It will be installed in the former PS 83 building across the street from the church, where the congregation met for decades.
Want to try your hand at beekeeping and honey spinning? Canning and pickling? Spinning from angora rabbits? In conjunction with Xenobia Bailey’s “funkified” installation at Weeksville Heritage Center, we’re presenting a series of free workshops during the run of Funk, God, Jazz & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn.
For “Free People’s Medical Clinic,” her project as part of Funk, God. Jazz & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn, Simone Leigh has hired the ultra-talented Erica Sewell as costume designer. Drawing on the same history of black nurses and caregivers as Leigh’s project, Sewell’s gorgeous outfits will be worn by the practitioners and attendants on site at Stuyvesant Mansion.
Frequenting his favorite London pubs, the English artist Paul Davis asked Scottish friends and strangers what they thought about the impending referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. He matched their responses to limned images of a few great Scots, lending some historical heft and a touch of ventriloquism to the project.
“You can do a million different funks from a million different people and you’ll never get anything exactly alike—that’s what’s so beautiful about it.” —Xenobia Bailey
In case you had any doubts about the awesomeness that is Xenobia Bailey, one of our four featured artists in #FunkGodJazzMedicine, we thought we share some of our favorite things about her: like her feature on Etsy, her Absolut ad campaign, and her contribution to Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.”
“OJ Radio,” Otabenga Jones & Associates’ temporary radio station that will broadcast from the back of a 1959 Cadillac for the run of #FunkGodJazzMedicine, pays homage to “The East,” a cultural hub for awareness of Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism founded in 1969. Here are some of Ossei Terry Chandler’s incredible photographs of the early members and activities of The East, taken in the 1970s.