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Communal Resurrection: The Art of Steve Prince

September 21 - November 1

“Communal Resurrection: The Art of Steve Prince” is an online exhibition which explores the multivalent ways in which African Americans have utilized their bodies, voice, music, and imagination to craft modes of resistance in the face of a stultifying system that was designed to strip them of their name, their culture, and their faith.

The work candidly peers into the heart of our nation by representing the human experience through metaphors, historical narrative, and visual text. Each image is laden with symbolism embodying a story of resistance, survival, and creativity in the face of hegemony. Communal Resurrection is America’s story of how a people made a way out of no way and transformed the world with a sound and a movement that could not be silenced or suppressed.

As a native of New Orleans, Steve’s art is steeped in the rich rue of the Crescent City’s traditions, that merge the syncopation of jazz with the didactic voice of hip-hop culture. The philosophy of his work hinges on the funerary tradition of the Dirge and the Second Line.

For Prince, the funerary tradition is synonymous with loss and recovery (renewal), which is infused in his ideology about how we must openly grapple with the hurt and the scars of the past in order to foster a Communal Resurrection for our nation.


September 21
November 1
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The Gallery at W83
150 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024 United States