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The Stoop Gallery Call for Submissions

Posted on | June 5, 2011 | No Comments

The Stoop Gallery is currently accepting submissions for the upcoming show date and theme:

Art. Science. Body: How art and science merge to create identity narratives. July 30, 2011

This week, Psychology Today published an article focusing on why African American women are less physically attractive than other women. The methodology of the research was not made completely clear, but there was attempt to support this racist notion through “science”. There has been a long history of the use of “science” to perpetuate racism globally and specifically within The United States. The book The Bell Curve, the eugenics movement and racism were used to justify scientific experimentation on people of colors bodies. Naturalism was also used as a scientific concept support the idea that there are biological and intellectual differences between People of Color and White people. These are just a few examples of this history. Science and race have a long standing relationship with one another.

Artists such as Carrie Mae Weems have used visual art to raise questions around this practice of using science to justify racism. In her 1995 series, From here I saw What happened and I cried, Carrie Mae Weems re-used Daguerreotype images of African descendent slaves which came out of a collaboration between naturalist scientists and photographers sought to support the notion that people of African descent were biologically inferior. Weems re-photographed these images and experimented with color and text to not only re – contextualize the images, but to offer a contemporary historical reading and to raise questions around this practice.

The Stoop Gallery is asking artist to consider how art and science have merged to create narratives of identity and how it has possibly merged in order to further perpetuate stereotypes. Also, how has art been used as a means to raise questions around and problematize racism within science. How can art serve as a tool to dismantle these racist notions perpetuated by science?

Deadlines for submissions: June 29, 2011

Notifications of acceptance: July 5, 2011

Deadline for receiving accepted works/ Drop off: July 23, 2011

Exhibition date: July 30, 2011 2pm – 7 pm


Image Submission: • digital files in jpeg format at 72 dpi and 800 pixels • Up to 10 images per submission • Video work should be under 10 minutes , Quicktime movie, vimeo and youtube are accepted for video submission • Include an image list title, dimensions, media, and year. Spoken word, poetry and short stories (to be performed at the gallery opening) is welcome.

ALSO INCLUDE: • Bio: 100-words or less • Artist statement: 250-words or less Artist

Statement explaining how your work relates to The Stoop Gallery theme.

Please send submissions to:


The Stoop Gallery is a space where artists display works in public spaces throughout the borough of Brooklyn. Some neighborhoods include, Fort Greene, East New York, Crown Heights, Flatbush, Bedford Stuyvesant, and Brighton Beach. The Gallery will push the boundaries of fine art in a public art space and encourage community engagement with fine art in a neighborhood setting. The art shows will take place on stoops in Brooklyn where homeowners will volunteer their stoops and host the shows. The Stoop Gallery shows, will take place on Saturdays and/ or Sundays, once per month during the Summer and Fall and each show will feature three visual artists. There will also be opportunities to feature one installation artist, who will be able to transform an entire stoop with their installation piece.


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    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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