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Open Reception: Rachel Allen’s “airplay” at Urbano Project
January 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Urbano Project celebrates the opening of "airplay," a site-specific interactive installation by Native American artist Rachel Allen (Nez Perce) on Thursday, January 23, 6:00-8:00PM. The culmination of her Fall 2019 artist residency, Allen's "airplay" will be on view at Urbano's Jamaica Plain gallery through March 14, 2020.
Allen aims to unsettle the air we breathe and otherwise manipulate. If we think about our experience through the air-the ubiquitous material we are suspended in-then we can contemplate what decolonization requires. If decolonization is not a metaphor or symbolic act, then we must reassess the entire environment we occupy. Allen invites the audience to intentionally interact with air, understand its agency, and be reminded of our interconnectedness.
Rachel Allen (Nez Perce) is an artist and curator, exhibiting her artwork and presenting on her scholarship nationally. An Assistant Curator at the Peabody Essex Museum, she recently exhibited at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. She has dual citizenship with the United States and with her Native nations, the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho. Allen holds an MFA in Printmaking and an MA in Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies from Michigan State University. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Follow @rachel_c_allen on Instagram.
Opening the same night will be two Youth Artist Projects exhibitions, airplay & Stories of the Land, centered around Urbano's FY20 theme Creative Conditions. On display will be multimedia work created by students during workshops led by Urbano's fall 2019 artists-in-residence, Rachel Allen and Erin Genia.
Urbano, located at 29 Germania Street in JP's Brewery Complex is open 1-6PM Tuesday-Friday and by appointment. Visit www.urbanoproject.org for more information.
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