Nadine Patterson (Filmmaker/Photographer) curated the exhibit Freedom, Fire, Promiscuous Meetings: the Philadelphia Community Lyceum (April 5 – May 18) at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. The exhibit serves as a public forum for the Bride-commissioned play If She Stood. Contributions from exhibit partners Sonia Sanchez, Mural Arts, and Scribe Video Center included soundscape, visuals, found object sculptures, quilts, poetry and film.
Woks by participating artists Toni Nash, Sarah Bond, Theodore A. Harris, and Gary Smalls (above, l-r), Lamont B. Steptoe and Leon McDuffie (not pictured). provoke reflection and discussion on the complex themes in the play. I served as a historian on the project, along with Phillip Seitz.
Here, Nadine stands beside a photograph she took at Lest We Forget Slavery Museum of an elaborately decorated collar for an enslaved child. She trembled when she realized that the collar was engraved with her family name… Patterson.
Ain Gordon’s If She Stood opens April 26.