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Exhibition April 7 − August 18, 2019

Alexandria Smith: Scarecrow Monuments

Queens Museum presents an exhibition "Alexandria Smith: Scarecrow Monuments".

Alexandria Smith (1981) is a cartoon artist and co-organizer of the Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter (BWA for BLM) team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in illustration from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in art education from New York University, and a master’s degree in art and painting from Parsons School of Design. Alexandria lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and Wellesley, Massachusetts.

The exhibit takes the history of the Old City Flushing burial ground and the Macedonian church of AME in Flushing, Queens, as a starting point. In the mid-to-late 19th century, in the Old City of Flushing, the burial ground was the burial place of African Americans and Native Americans.

In her work, Smith explores narration, memory and myth through the prism of a black female form and psyche: the artist responds to the lives of those who were buried in this place. Of the four tombstones noted, found at the burial site, only the male members of the Bunn and Curry family are listed. Smith's work honors nameless women buried in the old city of Flushing, and those who participated in creating the network of underground railways in Flushing.

Based on the materials of the official site Queens Museum.

Photo: Hai Zhang.