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From the Ground UP activates the gallery with an evolving installation by Ann Street Gallery Artist Researcher in Residence, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak. The project is dedicated to imagining and collectively creating memorials for honoring African-Americans buried in, and disinterred from, Newburgh’s “Colored Burial Ground”. The exhibition includes a shifting presentation of archeological documentation and historical records, an installation inspired by burial shrouds and conjuring bundles, a growing display of community offerings and messages, and the exhibition of commissioned artworks by regional artists responding to Superville Sovak’s research and speculation on the Burial Ground.

The exhibition is curated by Superville Sovak and Gallery Director Alison McNulty and includes works by Lillian Alberti, Michelle Corporan, Stevenson Estime, Donna Francis, Shani Richards, and Edwin Torres. Also on display is a collection of books from A Little Light Bookstore and Educational Center for Culture, History, and Freedom by Que Bey-Ali, and documentation of previous From the Ground UP events and performances.

An archive of the project, process, artwork, and events will be produced in March 2024.

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