Melvin Edwards: Brighter Days

Tue May 4, 2021
Various times

New York-based artist Melvin Edwards presents five works created between 1970 and 1996, as well as a new sculpture commissioned in 2020 for this historic show, which explores two key recurring motifs—the chain and the rocker—that carry deep personal symbolism and speak to African-American culture.

Brighter Days resonates with City Hall Park’s history as an African burial ground, the site of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, and more recently the 2020 occupation of City Hall and Black Lives Matter protests.

Initially scheduled to open in June 2020, Public Art Fund and Melvin Edwards shifted the date due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and in solidarity with protests at City Hall calling for action to end systemic racism.

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