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J2015 will oraganize in 2015 an art exhibition buttressed by a series of public programs, including artist talks, panel discussions, keynote lectures, and K-12 student engagement. The artwork generated for J2015 will serve as a launch pad for much needed discussions about how American slavery has been depicted and memorialized.
The goal of J2015 is to engage a by-invitation, juried, selection of accomplished African American artists to create new works, across various mediums, which celebrate the 150th anniversary of the factual end of slavery in the United States. These works of art will also challenge the historically white, male narrative of slavery as historically documented in American art and literature. Through art,
J2015 endeavors to chip away at the calcified, romanticized ideas about the relationship between African slaves and their European captors.
J2015 will offer a new generation of African American artists and young people an internationally publicized forum to discuss, deconstruct and re-contextualize the images of American slavery as depicted in 19th - 21st Century art.