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December 2, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
In-Person: An Evening with Bev Grant, william cordova and Cay Sophie Rabinowitz
Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…
An Evening with Bev Grant
In conversation with william cordova and Cay Sophie Rabinowitz
Bev Grant: Photography 1968-1972
Thursday, December 2, 7 PM ET
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About the Book:
Scenes from the frontlines of American feminism and civil rights, from the archives of folk singer, filmmaker and photographer Bev Grant
This is the first monograph on Brooklyn-based photographer Bev Grant’s (born 1942) extensive archive of photographs made from 1968 to 1972, when she was on the frontlines as a feminist and political activist. Grant began taking photographs as part of her participation in demonstrations with the Women’s Movement, such as No More Miss America in Atlantic City in 1968 and The Jeannette Rankin Brigade in Washington, DC, in 1968. As a member of the film collective New York Newsreel, she gained access to the Young Lords Party, the Black Panther Party and the Poor People’s Campaign.
“When I sat in on a workshop given by Students for a Democratic Society at Princeton University in 1967, I had no idea of the impact it would have on the rest of my life. The workshop topic was women’s liberation. It was an awakening, a dawn of consciousness that gave me a framework to understand my life and a path that I continue to follow.”
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About the Panelists:
BEV GRANT (born 1942) grew up in Portland, Oregon and moved to New York City in the 1960s. She was radicalized through the Anti-War Movement and became involved in the Women‘s Movement and the Civil Rights Movement as an activist, musician, and photographer. Much of Bev Grant’s photography documents political activism and consciousness raising events from1968 until 1972. Thereafter, she began to focus more on her music. Her exceptional oeuvre includes photographs of the Black Panther Free Breakfast Program, the Jeanette Rankin Brigade March on Washington, the Fillmore East Takeover, the Poor People’s Campaign, GIs Against the War, and the Young Lords Garbage Offensive. Additionally, Grant’s photography depicts her own activism and her involvement with New York Radical Women. Her documentation of the Miss America Protest and W.I.T.C.H. Hex on Wall Street (both in 1968) has been featured in numerous news outlets and exhibitions.
Grant’s photography was used in the film She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, released in 2015, and her first solo exhibition, in 2018, was co-curated by Alison Gingeras and Cay Sophie Rabinowitz at OSMOS Address in New York City. Bev Grant’s work is currently on view in Sorcieres at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Resistance at the Bunker in West Palm Beach. In 2022 she will have a solo presentation at the American Labor Museum, Botto House National Landmark in New Jersey.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Bev Grant’s band Human Condition performed folk, rock, and world music. In 1991, Grant joined the United Association of Labor Education Northeast Union Women’s Summer School as Cultural Director. Since 1997, she has been Founder and Director of the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus. From 2006 to 2008, Grant performed with other female musicians as part of a group called Bev Grant and the Dissident Daughters and later as WOOL&GRANT. She released the solo album, It’s Personal, in 2017.
Looking back, Grant has articulated an important connection that many women’s liberation organizers had participated in the Civil Rights Movement, and they brought valuable skills and knowledge from that work. In her own words,
“Today, I hope that people look at the photographs and see the intersectionality and humanity of people struggling together towards a better world. Being a photographer, having a camera, gives me a sense of purpose. … I’ll soon be 80 years old. I still feel young and purposeful. I am hopeful about the future, but I don’t try to give advice to the younger folks who are shaping it. The most I have to offer is a look back at history – from which we all can learn”. From Bev Grant Photography 1968 to 1972, edited by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, published by OSMOS Books, New York, (2021)
WILLIAM CORDOVA is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner born in Lima, Peru. Lives and works Lima/Miami/New York City.
cordova’s work addresses the metaphysics of space and time and how objects change and perception changes when we move around in space.
He received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1996 and an MFA from Yale University, 2004.
william cordova has been an artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, American Academy in Berlin, Germany, Museum of Fine Art in Houston’s CORE program, Headlands Center for the Arts, Artpace, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council among others. He has exhibited in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. His work is in the public collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Peru, Ellipse Foundation, Cascais, Portugal, Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL, La Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba among others. cordova was represented in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, 2010 Museum of Modern Art/PS1 Greater New York exhibition, an overview presentation of contemporary artists whose contributions to the arts have had a significant influence in society. In 2011 cordova was invited for his first one person museum exhibition in Europe, yawar mallku: royalty, abductions y exiles at La Conservera, Murcia, Spain and also awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. cordova was included in Prospect.3 New Orleans Biennial; 2014 and the 12th Havana Biennial in 2015 at Casa de Africa, Havana, Cuba. 2016 included, SITE Santa Fe Biennial, New Mexico, Southern Accents, Nasher Museum, Durham, NC. In 2017 cordova was awarded the Michael Richards Artist Award by LMCC, NY and the Florida Prize by the Orlando Museum, Orlando, FL. In 2018 he participated in the highly anticipated, Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY and the 13th Havana Biennial, Cuba, 2019. cordova founded the first AIM Biennial in Florida (2020) and co-curates the Prize Art Fair, an non profit African Diaspora art project with director Mikhaile Solomon (2021).
Recent projects include co-organizing, The Greenwood Art Project for the Tulsa Centennial 2021 with artist Rick Lowe. Forth coming group exhibition includes Lux et Vertas, NSU Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL. solo exhibitions include Columbia University, NY and Livia Benavides 80M2. Lima, Peru (2022).
CAY SOPHIE RABINOWITZ: A recognized art world insider, Cay Sophie Rabinowitz effortlessly develops significant projects and collaborations with museum and corporate institutions alike. Director of OSMOS, a publishing imprint and curatorial project based in New York, Rabinowitz has been Artistic Director of Art Basel (2007 – 2008) and Senior Editor of Parkett (1999 – 2007). Known for her highly professional yet deeply personal approach, Rabinowitz is a fierce advocate and one of the most respected assets in the art world. Cay Sophie Rabinowitz launched OSMOS Magazine as a journal of texts and image series created by practitioners and professionals investigating the uses and abuses of photography. Rabinowitz is a well-respected art world insider known for producing outstanding quality and being a liaison to facilitate opportunities and partnerships. OSMOS activities are predominantly : Exhibitions, Education, Estates, and Publications, including OSMOS Magazine issues 1 to 21, 10 monographs with artists since 2013 and osmos.online.
Cay Sophie Rabinowitz has also been Manager of The Darrell Ellis Estate and The Estate of Gretchen Bender. Ellis was a gifted New York-based black artist who worked in photography, drawing, and painting until his life was cut short at the age of 33 by AIDS. Darrel Ellis’s work gained national attention when it was seen in the landmark exhibition, Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing, curated by Nan Goldin in 1989 at Artists Space. Witnesses became a rallying cry against censorship when the NEA withdrew funding because of a catalogue essay by David Wojnarowicz. Gretchen Bender was an American artist who worked in film, video, and photography and was part of the so-called 1980s Pictures Generation of artists. Cay Sophie Rabinowitz will also be representing the Estate of Bev Grant, activist and photographer, with whom she has been working since 2018.