Opening Saturday March 27
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Leeway Foundation Office
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832
Leeway’s Spring 2010 exhibit, “Shouts from the Wall,” features fifty limited-edition prints, posters, and apparel, covering issues of current national and global interest created by Favianna Rodriguez, Jesus Barraza, and Melanie Cervantes, members of Taller Tupac Amaru; Beth Pulcinella (LTA ’09, ACG ’08) co-founder of RECLAIM; and bex (LTA ’09). EXHIBIT RUNS March 25-June 25, 2010
ARTIST TALK & RECEPTION
Favianna and Jesus will give an artist talk on Saturday March 27, 2010 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Leeway office (1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832). An opening reception will follow their talk from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.
RSVP for the Artist Talk and reception by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (215) 545-4078
The Leeway Foundation presents “Shouts from the Wall,” an exhibition of approximately fifty limited-edition prints, posters, and apparel, covering issues of current national and global interest created by members of Taller Tupac Amaru, an Oakland-based artist collective dedicated to the production and public distribution of political posters; members of the Philadelphia-based collective, RECLAIM: Silk Screen Production and Community Workshop; and individual local artists.
“Shouts from the Wall” draws a diverse selection of political, social, and community-based works from Favianna Rodriguez, Jesus Barraza, and Melanie Cervantes, members of Taller Tupac Amaru; Beth Pulcinella (LTA ’09, ACG ’08) co-founder of RECLAIM; and multi-disciplinary artist bex* (LTA ’09).
“We think the timing of this show is fortuitous given the buzz being generated by Philagrafika 2010 and the Southern Graphics Conference. This is clearly the year of the print in Philadelphia,” says Denise M. Brown, Leeway’s executive director. “Given our mission, we wanted to create an exhibit that pays homage to the importance of political prints and printmaking mediums to social justice movements.”
The artists featured in “Shouts” work to foster a resurgence in printmaking mediums by producing original posters, prints, and apparel for community-based grassroots organizations throughout the country. The bold graphics and direct messages in the works build upon a rich tradition of social activism, and the issues they explore are both timely and relevant. Their political posters address themes of education, incarceration, globalization, gender identity, and third world unity; and have been distributed at gatherings such as the Free Press Conference, World Social Forum, National Political Hip Hop Convention, Allied Media Conference, and in actions for Casino Free Philadelphia, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Code Pink.
“As an artist living in the most powerful country of the world, I feel a responsibility to expose the stories that are most censored, and to make art that will help others help our planet. Art alone does not transform the world – mass movements do,” says Taller Tupac Amaru co-founder Favianna Rodriguez. “It is the unique collaborations between artists, activists, and people that forge true social change.”
The exhibition opens March 25, 2010 and remains on view until June 25, 2010.