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VSW Diversity Project is in the News

Evidence by Joshua Rashaad McFadden, an exhibition at Visual Studies Workshop and free newspaper on Black masculinity is in the regional news.

A diversity project initiated by Visual Studies Workshop, Evidence, shares new ideas of Black masculinity and makes the hometown debut of internationally recognized artist Joshua Rashaad McFadden. Included in this exhibition and public art project are portraits of Black men and their intimate writings on identify, masculinity, history, race, gender, and sexuality.

Inspired in part by Frederick Douglass’ North Star newspaper dating back to 1848, Evidence distributes its own “newspaper” filled with fresh essays and prose examining Black male identity. Writings included are by award-winning playwright and New Amsterdam TV series writer Jiréh Holder, actor/singer Dyllón Burnside (best known for his role as Ricky Evangelista on the groundbreaking series Pose), historian K. Anthony Jones, and Thomas Allen Harris, director of the film Through a Lens Darkly. All shed light on the multifaceted existence of Black men while exploring issues critical to the past, present, and future.

Evidence newspapers are being distributed for free through seven distribution boxes placed in rotating locations around greater Rochester for the duration of the exhibition. One of the distribution boxes will be on The College at Brockport campus for the duration of the exhibition; it is currently located at Tower Fine Arts.

For stories and related conversations about Evidence and Joshua Rashaad McFadden’s work, see:

For more information or to suggest a location for the newspaper box, contact VSW Director Tate Shaw tateshaw@vsw.org



Tate Shaw: tshaw@brockport.edu

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