The Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine is a project that began when Mildred Beltré and Oasa DuVerney started making art together in each other’s apartments. In the summer of 2010 they brought this activity to the street and co-founded the Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine a constantly evolving public art project exploring community through art-making on Brooklyn sidewalks. As part of this project they created temporary public work, published The Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine presents a guide to Tenant Rights and Community Activities book and held countless street art workshops. BHAM also created Gentrifiers Anonymous, a space where people can admit their complicity in gentrification and work towards being less of the problem and more of the solution.
Mildred Beltré is an NYC born, Brooklyn based artist, mother and educator working in print, drawing and participatory politically engaged practice, to explore facets of social change. She is interested in exploring political movements and their associated participants, relations and structures. Her most recent work involves looking at revolutionary theorizing and posturing through a feminist lens.
Beltré’s selected national exhibitions include: International Print Center New York, NYC; Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT; Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; BRIC, Brooklyn, NY; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; and international group shows at Projecto Ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hollar Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic; and the Brun Leglise Gallery, Paris France. Her work is included in the Special Collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and she has been awarded residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop, the Vermont Studio Center and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Foundation and the Rema Hort Foundation, among others. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont.
Oasa DuVerney is a Queens-born visual artist based in Brooklyn. Her solo exhibitions include Street Cred in Non-Street Cred Places, Auxillary Projects , Brooklyn, NY(2016); The View From Nowhere, Rush Gallery, NY (2016)MYLFwoks Revenge, Momenta Art, NYC (2013); Superheroes and Antiheroes, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, Old Westbury, NY (2012); and Wired, United Nations, NYC (2006). Her group exhibitions include The Window and the Breaking of the Window, Studio Museum in Harlem (2017) ;Thanks For Writing, 601 Artspace, NYC (2014); Me Love You Long Time, Boston Center for the Arts, Mills Gallery, Boston, MA (2013); Through A Glass Darkly, Postmasters Gallery, NYC (2012); Crown Heights Gold, Skylight Gallery, NYC (2011); and Planet of Slums, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ (2010). She has been an artist-in-residence at Rush Arts Gallery (2016), Smack Mellon Gallery (2014- 2015), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2012-2013) and other sought-after locations.
Thursday, June 29 at 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Fred Lazarus IV Center, L160
131 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD, USA