MOVEMENT: ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
A global initiative by Pitroda Art that celebrates artists as champions of change; fearless in provocation; and vital to social movements. Artists have this special ability to inspire us to think, see and act - ultimately to move us. Movement is a series of curated art collections, selected through global open calls for artists, that each explore a pressing social issue.
Our inaugural Collection is dedicated to the theme of Racial Justice. We are compiling an unprecedented collection of artworks that take a critical look at racial issues - a retrospective and reflective look at the inequality that exists around us.
We seek to spark a global conversation on equity and unity. We want to mobilize impact, spark conversation and celebrate the arts as a vehicle for social change.
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H O W I T W O R K S & U P D A T E D T I M E L I N E
INTERNATIONAL OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS- January 31st, 2021 Open-Call-for-Artists from around the world to submit work exploring the theme of racial justice.
OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS- Thursday May 6th, 2021 A panel of 5 expert jurors will select up to 15 pieces of artwork that will make up the Collection.
ONLINE AUCTION- Preview starting May 13th. Live auction May 20th - June 17th, 2021. These works are auctioned on our presenting sponsor's site priceless.com by Mastercard and promoted internationally. 50% of proceeds from the auction will go to the artist, 25% to operating Movement and 25% as a donation to the National Urban League, a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization with 90 affiliates serving 300 communities, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than two million people nationwide.
ART PROJECTIONS ON BUILDINGS- May 13th until June 14th The artwork will also be displayed as public art installations, projected onto iconic buildings in five cities in the United States:
Washington DC - Thursday May 13th
Atlanta - Thursday May 20th
Los Angeles - Thursday May 27th
Chicago - Thursday June 3rd
New York City - Monday June 14th
Our incredible and dynamic panel of guest jurors will be selecting the 30 pieces of art that will make up the Racial Justice Collection.
Each one brings a unique expertise and perspective to process. We are delighted to welcome them. Explore their bios below.
Adenrele Sonariwo award-winning curator, founder of Rele Art Gallery and Rele Art Foundation. She holds a Masters of Fine Art - Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA, a Curating Contemporary Art Certificate – University of the Arts, London and a B.A. Business Administration/Accounting (Honors) Howard University, Washington, DC.
She has curated several commercially and critically successful high profile art exhibitions; exhibitions that challenge the boundaries of art, engaging innovative subjects and techniques. She has also led the movement to break art out of ivory tower, with Rele Gallery exploring and partnering with fields of tech, community social causes & health.
She was the first person to curate an art exhibition at Nigeria’s seat of power, The Presidency (Abuja) and has been featured in global publications such as the Financial Times, The Art Review, Forbes Africa, and Vogue. In 2016, she won the Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts and Culture. In 2017, she curated the first ever Nigerian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 2018, she was selected as a member of the jury for the 13th edition of the Dakar Biennale.
Curator of Photography, Visual Culture, and Contemporary History and Curator of the Johnson Publishing Archives at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Prior to the Smithsonian, Bryant was curator of collections and exhibitions at Morgan State University’s James E. Lewis Museum of Art in Baltimore.
He has lectured at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Duke, the Metropolitan Museum, the University of Cambridge, Oxford, and the British Museum. Additionally, Bryant has traveled with the U.S. State Department to present lectures at universities and cultural institutions throughout Spain.
His research has received honors from the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library, the New York Public Library, the Maryland Historical Society, the University of Maryland, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Association of Museums, and the Organization of American Historians and Immigration and Ethnic History Society. Additionally, he has received special honors and recognition from the U.S. Congress and U.S. Justice Department, and in 2014, Bryant was elected a fellow with the Royal Anthropological Institute in the United Kingdom for his research in visual anthropology and social justice movements.
He served as Chair of Baltimore City's Special Commission to Review Confederate Monuments and is currently Chair of the City’s Public Arts Commission. He also serves as a commissioner with the Baltimore City Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation. Bryant earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, an MFA from Yale , and an AB from Duke.
Dexter Wimberly is an independent curator, entrepreneur and Senior Critic at New York Academy of Art who has organized exhibitions and developed programs with galleries and institutions throughout the world including The Third Line in Dubai; Contemporary Art Museum CAM Raleigh in North Carolina; The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco; Koki Arts in Tokyo; and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.
His exhibitions have been reviewed and featured in publications including The New York Times, Artforum, and Hyperallergic; and have received support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Dexter Wimberly has served as Director of Strategic Planning at Independent Curators International in New York City. He is the founder of ART WORLD CONFERENCE, a business and financial literacy conference for visual artists. He was recently listed in the Observer's "Arts Power 50: Changemakers Shaping the Art World in 2019." In 2020, Wimberly founded the Hayama Artist Residency in Hayama, Japan.
NANCEE LYONS leads MuralsDC, Washington DC’s largest public mural program. She has coordinated the installation of more than 120 original murals on buildings throughout the nation's capital by identifying walls, bringing in local, national and international artists and coordinating community involvement in the design and approval process.
Most recently the notable street painting of Black Lives Matter Plaza a two-block-long section of 16th Street NW in Downtown Washington, D.C. in yellow capital letters. The plaza was renamed by Mayor Muriel Bowser as part of the George Floyd protests. She is also a public affairs specialist for the District of Columbia’s Department of Public Works (DPW) In this role, she is responsible for the dissemination of information about Department’s of programs and services to citizens and members of the media.