On Sunday, July 10, 2016 over one hundred black women artists gathered to form a collective force underground, known as Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter (BWA for BLM). Simone Leigh, artist in residence at the New Museum, convened this group in response to the continued inhumane institutionalized violence against black lives. The group held a public event in solidarity with Black Lives Matter at the New Museum on September 1.
The evening featured collectively organized healing workshops, performances, digital works, participatory exchanges, displays, and the distribution of materials throughout the New Museum Theater, Lobby, Fifth Floor, and Sky Room.
BWA for BLM focuses on the interdependence of care and action, invisibility and visibility, self-defense and self-determination, and desire and possibility in order to highlight and disavow pervasive conditions of racism.