The “Pink Elephant” show at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MOCADA) in Brooklyn opened Thursday night and continued through the weekend with events and discussions about gentrification and it’s effects on culture, neighborhoods, and people.
This exhibition, guest curated by Dexter Wimberly, looks at urban planning, eminent domain, and real estate development and how they are affecting Brooklyn’s communities as well as how residents throughout the borough are responding.
We spoke with photographer and artist Guero about the show, and he thinks overall it is a pretty good and meaningful one, enough so that he also went to the artists’ discussion on Saturday.
Since it is reported that more than 65 Luxury buildings that are currently under development in Brooklyn are stalled or only partially occupied because of the economic crisis, wouldn’t it be great if some of those homes could benefit those people who have lost theirs?
In any event, we agree with Guero when he says, “I like the fact that the museum is using the exhibit to create dialogue on an important topic”.
Artists in the exhibition include (alphabetically):
Josh Bricker(Installation), Valerie Caesar (Photography), Oasa DuVerney (Drawing), Zachary Fabri (Video), Rosamond S. King (Installation), Irondale Ensemble(Theater Performance), Nathan Kensinger (Photography), Jess Levey(Photography / Video Installation), Christina Massey (Painting), Musa (Sculpture), Tim Okamura (Painting), Kip Omolade (Painting), John Perry(Painting), Adele Pham (Video), Michael Premo / Rachel Falcone (Photography / Multimedia), Gabriel Reese (Painting), Marie Roberts (Painting), Ali Santana (Music Video), Monique Schubert (Mixed-media), Alexandria Smith (Painting), Sarah Nelson Wright (Installation).