Jason Lazarus, All Chicago Artists Portait, 2015 Provisional installation detail of communally-remade protest signs used in Harlem
1917-2017 (Hunter East Harlem Gallery, 2017)

2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street
Hours: Tues, Thurs & Fri 12–5pm

June 19 - August 11, 2017
Wed-Sat 12-5pm, or by appointment
Arden Sherman, Curator/Director

A CENTURY OF DISSENT! is a summer-long, public art studio designed to collaboratively remake protest signs used in Harlem and East Harlem throughout the past century (and up to the present moment) with Jason Lazarus: Artist-in-Residence at Hunter East Harlem Gallery.

Images from Harlem’s history of protests will be culled from research and project participants will collaborate with Lazarus to pick a source image and create a passing life-size facsimile of the original sign of dissent.  In some cases, project participants may also elect to describe a sign they previously made and marched with in a public protest, and collaborate with Lazarus on crafting a recreation.

Jason Lazarus, All Chicago Artists Portait, 2015 Phase 1 Live Archive installation at the Contemporary Jewish Museum,
San Francisco, CA 2013 (installation photo by Johnna Arnold)

By the end of the summer, the Hunter East Harlem Gallery will become a new physical archive that simultaneously presents a multitude of historical moments and messaging, a place for reflection, synthesis, education, and re-examination of the present moment.

The artist will guide participants into collected protest images from greater Harlem, 1917 to the present, and participants will co-create a life size recreation of the original signs using provided materials at the exhibition space. Groups of any kind are welcome to make a reservation for a sign-making workshop session with the artist (age 10 and up).  All research and materials will be provided.  For group workshop inquiries and scheduling, email

Jason Lazarus is an artist currently teaching at the University of South Florida (Assistant Professor of Art and Art History) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Low Residency MFA Program Mentor).  Since 2003, his work has sought experiential forms and methods to grapple with the politics of representation. 

Jason Lazarus, All Chicago Artists Portait, 2015 Jason Lazarus, All Chicago Artists Portait, 2015 .

Saturday, August 5th
10:00 am-Noon
10:00 am: Registration opens
(All participants must complete a simple registration to ensure consent)

Marcus Garvey Park
Enter at 120th Street & Fifth Avenue 

Presented by Hunter East Harlem Gallery, Columbia University's Wallach Art Gallery, and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

Hunter East Harlem gallery has partnered with the Uptown Triennial to create the ALL UPTOWN ARTIST GROUP PORTRAIT--a public event that invites any self-identifying artist living and/or working in Uptown, Manhattan to present themselves in a large group portrait--organized by Jason Lazarus. The portrait event is a program of Jason Lazarus: In Residence (June 19-August 12, curated by Arden Sherman, Curator/Director).

The goal of the portrait event is to foster exchange amongst the fluid artist communities that comprise Uptown and to create a historical moment for the present and future generations. The community will own the image and the right to reproduce, distribute, and manipulate the image. The image, in full resolution, will be available via free download, by the public, in perpetuity.

Photo Unveiling Reception: Saturday, August 12th at Hunter East Harlem Gallery of Hunter College. Time TBA.


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