Visual art exhibit, on display September 10 – November 19, 2016, features a series of multidisciplinary contemporary art
On Saturday, September 10th, 2016, Rush Arts Philly will formally launch with the featured exhibition, Guerrillas in the Midst | Art of the Revolution, co-curated by Jamal Ince and Danny Simmons. The opening reception will go from 5 pm to 8 pm. Originally presented in the 90s, Guerrillas in the Midst is a grassroots artist collective that was based in Brooklyn, New York. Established by Jamal Ince and Michael Lee Poy, the collective was comprised of individuals whose cultural heritage spans the African diaspora. Collaborating with filmmakers, poets, singers, dancers, and visual artists, the collective created opportunities for artists to have a voice within the local art scene.
For this exhibition, Guerrillas in the Midst | Art of the Revolution, Mr. Simmons and Mr. Ince seek to revive this mission and broaden its horizons to explore the creative talents and energy of artists from and living in Philadelphia, PA. Guerrillas in the Midst | Art of the Revolution is multidisciplinary contemporary art exhibition that reflects, transforms, and deconstructs the social, cultural, and economic realities faced by African diasporic communities. Although each artist’s visual style differs, their respective works encourage the viewers to not only engage the work but to engage the layered themes that reside beneath the surface. This will be a dialogue that continues to address how as a people, we can change this world thus enlighten the art of the revolution.
Participating artists include Rico Anderson, Kennis Baptiste, Bisa Butler, Momar Clemons, Francks Deceus, Willis Humphrey, Laura James, Keir Johnston, Ernel Martinez, Navin Norling, Dr. Jide Ojo, and Jean Patrick Icart-Pierre.
This exhibition will include a range of public programs and events, all available for free to the public, including but not limited to artist talks, performances, screenings, panel discussions and programs for young people.
About Rush Arts Philly
Introducing a new art gallery in a renovated historic Philadelphia Savings Fund bank space, Daniel Simmons Jr. presents Rush Arts Philly (RAP). Modeled after the New York City non-profit organization, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF) that Danny and his brothers, media mogul Russell Simmons and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons founded in 1995. Rush Art Philly reflects the mission of RPAF and aims to support emerging artists and providing space for exhibitions and varied cultural programs for underserved communities.