Updated: Jul 28, 2020
These last four months have been highs, lows, and everything in between. We had a historic event at the MoMA called Beyond the Uniform, where security officers were able to show their artistic abilities through their artwork, performance, gallery talks, and of course, the audio guide.
That event took place on March 7th, 2020. A week later, the world changed. The museum closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This same staff of security officers became essential workers.
And three months later, the horrific murder of George Floyd put a mirror on this country’s systematic racism. I can not separate myself from the experience of being a melanated man. I’m happy that I understand that it means more to be us.
A lot of feeling, dealing, and healing.
I’m so proud of Beyond the Uniform, and finally being able to share from a space of knowing that we’re all in this together.
Beyond the uniform, is special on so many levels.
First off, the Artist Chemi Rosado-Seijo has an amazing practice, where his art is about community and connecting to the people that are overlooked. This project was created through the lens of an Artist outside the MoMA in collaboration with the security and education staff.
We are featured on the Audio Guide, Artists who work in security, speaking of their experience. Dealing with Art, Guest, What it means to do, what we do, and what works inspire us.
I had the opportunity to speak about 4 pieces in the collection that are dear to me and share a poem I wrote. The security department took over all the educational programming.
The security officers facilitated workshops, gave gallery talks, and had the opportunity to have art hung in the museum.
The day concluded with a panel discussion of the project and a live performance of original music that was featured in the audio guide. It was an unforgettable day.
I am an artist, poet, and thinker. I am here to love and support all gold people through art, music, and guided meditations.