Barnard College welcomes I Am Queen Mary
Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

Barnard College welcomes I Am Queen Mary


On October 15, 2019, “I AM QUEEN MARY (A Hybrid of Bodies, Nations, and Narratives)” (2019), a seven-foot original sculpture memorializing Black and African-descent resistance to Danish colonial rule by collaborating artists La Vaughn Belle (BCRW Artist-in-Residence) and Jeannette Ehlers, will be installed in Barnard Hall at Barnard College. 

“I AM QUEEN MARY” is a scale iteration of the original 23-foot monument, which is currently on view in front of the West Indian Warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark. It has received international press coverage since its unveiling in March 2018, including articles in the BBC World News, New York Times, and Le Monde. On long-term loan to the Barnard College, it will be on view in Barnard Hall, open to the public. 

The College community will welcome the sculpture in a brief ceremony on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6pm. There will be a public event scheduled early in the spring semester where the community can interact with the artists to discuss the important questions the sculpture raises about public art, representation, and the place of “I Am Queen Mary” at Barnard College.

This version of the sculpture was funded by the Ford Foundation Gallery for an exhibition in June 2019.

See press release here.




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ARTISTS TALK TOUR + OPEN FORUM (VIRGIN ISLANDS)
Jul
14
to Jul 17

ARTISTS TALK TOUR + OPEN FORUM (VIRGIN ISLANDS)

We will be doing a series of artists talks and open forum discussions on all three islands.

Sat. July 14, 2018 from 11am-1pm @ The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts on St. Croix (Hosted by CMCA)

Sun. July 15, 2018 from 4:30-6:30pm @ Bajo El Sol Gallery on St. John (Hosted by the Gri Gri Project)

Mon. July 16, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm @ The Legislature on St. Thomas (Hosted by the Office of Senator Myron Jackson)

Sponsored by the USVI Department of Tourism and CHANT

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Artist Talk & Panel Discussion
Apr
1
8:00 AM08:00

Artist Talk & Panel Discussion

On April 1st La Vaughn Belle and Jeannette Ehlers will give an artist talk at SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst detailing the process and inspiration behind their collaboration.

This is followed by a panel discussion featuring La Vaughn Belle, Jeannette Ehlers, Maya Albana, Lesley-Ann Brown and Genevieve Whitaker, moderated by Fulbright scholar Michael K. Wilson.

A particular focus is how commemorative representations can impact the public discourse surrounding Danish colonial history. What do these representations mean for people of African descent living in Denmark? What do they mean to the Virgin Islands? And how can they intervene in the historic, current and future relationship between Denmark and the Virgin Islands?

Entrance is free and everyone is welcome. 

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Inauguration: I AM QUEEN MARY
Mar
31
7:00 AM07:00

Inauguration: I AM QUEEN MARY

Jeannette Ehlers and La Vaughn Belle will inaugurate their much anticipated public sculpture I Am Queen Mary on March 31, 2018. The event is organized in collaboration with SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst and ActionAid Denmark. It will take place on the harbor front and everyone is welcome for the inauguration. (Note: Due to space limitations there is a private reception beginning at 2pm inside the Royal Cast Collection)

***PROGRAM***
Speeches:
1:00 pm Henrik Holm
1:10 Helle Stenum
1:20 Genevive Whitaker
1:30 La Vaughn Belle & Jeannette Ehlers inaugurate the sculpture

1.30-2 pm Music
 

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Calling All Women: March by Black Lives Matter Denmark
Mar
31
6:00 AM06:00

Calling All Women: March by Black Lives Matter Denmark

  • 45 Torvegade København, 1400 Denmark (map)
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4 Black women, mainly Mary Thomas, better known as Queen Mary on the Virgin Islands lead Danmarks first workers union rebellion and conflict. These true heroines have been written out of Danish History. Now we aim to reinscribe them.

Everyone is welcome to: 

I AM QUEEN MARY - WOMENS WALK
Prison to Unveiling

We shall meet at what was once The Women’s prison by Christianshavn Metro - Present day, Lagkagehuset. The 4 St Croix Queens were incarcerated here.

MARY THOMAS - Susanne Abrahamson -Agnes Elizabeth Salomon - Mathilde McBean

From here we will walk in unity towards the unvieling of the I Am Queen Mary monument , made by the 2 artists Jeannette Ehlers and La Vaughn Belle. It is right beside and the same size as the huge David sculpture, right in front of The Royal Cast Collection, on the water front.

 

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