In January, Insider told you about a national traveling exhibition that was making a pit stop at the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute.
“Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements” featured new work by artists and poets that responded to archival materials related to the history of white people organizing their own working-class neighborhoods in Philadelphia and Chicago. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, a special closing reception will be held featuring several local organizations and an appearance by the exhibit’s organizer.
The show is curated by Louisville native Daniel Tucker, an assistant professor and graduate program director at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, and got its origins from a noted Louisville activist.
Tucker told us his interest in the social justice movement started after the activist Anne Braden gave a talk in his elementary classroom at the Brown School, and the idea for this particular exhibit began after he met with members of the Young Patriots Organization in 2012.
“I always joke with my friends that I went to this school that basically taught more about the civil rights movement than any moment in history,” he said in the initial article. “On some level, I had no choice but be engaged with projects that were in dialogue with that history as an adult.”
Wednesday’s free event will include a discussion with Tucker as well as an inter-generational cultural dialogue featuring organizations like the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, the Black Scene Millennium and Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice. And to encourage open communication, the event will feature an open mic where participants can reflect on issues of identity and racism.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out the show, Wednesday night will be one of your last opportunities, as it closes officially on Friday, Feb. 22. The reception on Wednesday will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Schneider Hall Galleries on UofL’s Belknap Campus and is free and open to the public.