Smackmellon – “Respond” Opens January 17, 2015

JoseLuisLebron__002Smackmellon, the Brooklyn arts space, put out a call for artists to respond to the continuing problem of police violence directed mainly at
black and brown residents of New York and across the country. The result is the exhibition “Respond” which brings together 200 art works by photographers, videographers, painters, sculptors, performance artists, activists, street artists and others. I am very excited to be part of this show and will exhibit a photograph I made in 1990 “Funeral for Jose Luis Lebron“,

The Smackmellon Press Release states:

“Nina’s description of this image sums things up: On January 31, 1990 at 5:30 pm, in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York Police Officer Frank Albergo shot and killed 14-year-old Jose Luis Lebron, who was unarmed. An autopsy showed that Lebron was shot squarely in the back of the head. Albergo had been chasing Lebron for allegedly having robbed someone of $10.00 and claimed Lebron had been reaching for a gun. Eyewitnesses told a different tale. Four days earlier, also in Brooklyn, another police officer, shot and killed 17-year-old unarmed Louis Liranso. The two shootings touched off protest marches in Brooklyn. Both officers were cleared of any wrong doing. At Lebron’s funeral family member were overcome by grief and some tried to jump into the gravesite. The 2014 killings of Eric Garner and Akai Gurley, currently in the news, top a long list of similar shootings by the NYPD that have been going on for decades. With each new killing, old cases fall deeper down the list, and are quickly forgotten except by family members and loved ones. Jose Luis Lebron is one of those cases.”

Opening: January 17, 2015
5 to 8pm

Exhibition Dates: January 17- February 22, 2015
Gallery hours: Wed-Sun, 12-6pm
92 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY

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