David has left you. For Vienna.
While he’s been strolling around the Hofburg Palace or something, this blog has been bequeathed to yours truly, Rachel Lim—Haverford Junior, political science major, hailing from Vancouver, Canada.
The People’s Biennial (PB) won’t reach Haverford until January 2012, but a lot will happen between now and then, which is why I’m here to tell you all about it!
The opening reception for PB actually happened about a month ago in the green city of Portland, OR. And at this very moment PB is already making its way to the second part of its journey, in Rapid City, SD.
According to Matthew Callinan, our gallery coordinator, the first thing you would have seen at the exhibit in Portland was Robert Smith-Shabazz’s wall of wooden plaques. Born and raised in Philadephia, Smith-Shabazz carves and paints photographs or magazine clips on smooth, polished wood. His finished pieces have a solid, bold look, fused with a touch of antique vintage. On display at People’s Biennial were some of his wall plaques of famous African-American figures, such as (in order from left to right in picture below) Martin Luther King, Jr., Tupak Shakur, Elijah Muhammad, Miles Davis, Venus & Serena Williams, and the Obama family.
His studio, the Wood and Music Lab in North 5th St in Philadelphia, is where he dedicates his time spreading the arts to members of the Philadelphia community in various ways, whether it is through teaching music as a saxophone and conga instructor, or carving wood for himself and for others. His lifestyle and dedication in making others happy through the unique combination of music, woodwork, and community service in Philadelphia is an art in itself.
Check out Robert Smith-Shabazz’s homepage.
A review on the People’s Biennial Opening: www.oregonlive.com/art/index.ssf/2010/09/art_with_an_attitude_the_peopl.html