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Keijaun Thomas, My Last American Dollar: Round 1. Tricking and Flipping Coins: Making Dollars Hit and Round 2. Black Angels in the Infield: Dripping Faggot Sweat, 2019, video, color, sound, 5 minutes. Installation view. From “Hard Opening: Vigil for Black Death.”

Keijaun Thomas, My Last American Dollar: Round 1. Tricking and Flipping Coins: Making Dollars Hit and Round 2. Black Angels in the Infield: Dripping Faggot Sweat, 2019, video, color, sound, 5 minutes. Installation view. From “Hard Opening: Vigil for Black Death.”

“Hard Opening: Vigil for Black Death”

HOUSING

HOUSING opened the doors to its new Lower East Side location as a sanctuary for protestors before its inaugural exhibition. Founder KJ Freeman secured the keys for the space in May 2020, in the midst of demonstrations against the senseless and ceaseless killing of Black people by the police. During all this, the gallery announced a vigil for “Black Death”—the preventable, premature loss of life caused by systemic racism. Mourners brought flowers and candles, which were placed by portraits of those who died at the hands of law enforcement, such as Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor. These memorial emblems were arranged atop the cellar doors just outside of HOUSING on the sidewalk. The metal gate was spray-painted with the acronym blm, or “Black Lives Matter.”

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