Textbook Behavior

 

Facing White Fragility with Humor and Compassion

 

Textbook Behavior is a visual art installation combining 1950s textbook illustrations with humorous and earnest captions, creatively confronting racism in our community. This artwork uses poetic and provocative wordplay to challenge racist narratives and paint portraits of healing. Five of the eight artworks have been vandalized and removed, however three are still on view in Hodgkins-Curtin Park in Somerville, MA thru October 31st and can be seen in the gallery below. They were previously installed at public parks in Medford, MA from June - August and were also vandalized and stolen in Medford. Read about the response to Textbook Behavior in the Somerville Times and in-depth investigative reporting about the criminal activity by Kinga Borondy in the Medford Transcript.

 

White Art, White Noise
October 27th, 7-9pm ET


Dev Luthra, Patrick Gabridge, and Marian Taylor Brown will join me in offering a virtual salon for white and white-presenting people about facing white privilege and white fragility with creativity and compassion. This event is pay-what-you-can for Medford and Somerville residents and $20 - $100 for everyone else. Attendance is limited to 30 people.
Purchase your tickets here.



 

Textbook Behavior is supported in part by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council and a grant from the Medford Arts Council, both local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.