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Exhibition Opening: Inheritance/SHACK

Tue, Jun 18, 2024 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm

What does inheritance mean to you? 

Spend the eve of Juneteenth with us as we celebrate the opening of  

Inheritance/SHACK,  a socially engaged collaborative art project by artist Walis Johnson.

Inspired by Beverly Buchanan’s iconic vernacular shack sculptures, “Inheritance/SHACK” brings together thirteen Brooklyn community members who have learned carpentry to design, build, and install shack-like sculptures. These creations explore themes of inheritance, cultural preservation, and the significance of African American spaces.

Light bites and refreshments will be served from 6 to 7 pm. The artist talk, followed by a community Q&A and screening, will begin at 7 pm.

About the Exhibition:

Inheritance/SHACK invites you to reflect on the meaning of inheritance. Drawing from the works of Beverly Buchanan this project explores how we, as Black people, build on the inheritances of the past, embrace the present, and nurture spaces of care, creativity, and transformational possibility.

Johnson’s past projects have engaged New York City residents in dialogues about race, property, and history, using art as a catalyst for storytelling and community reflection. Inheritance/SHACK continues this tradition, deepening the conversation about inheritance and identity.