Thursday, August 21, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Justin Randolph Thompson’s Fit the Battle August 21st, 6-8pm
Thompson has a major forthcoming performance in Peekskill, NY Summer 2014 titled Fit the Battle. The project is a commemoration and celebration of Paul Robeson. The piece is in collaboration with the Peekskill Public School System, Bradly Dever Treadaway, and Jason Thompson. (www.fitthebattle.com)
Fit the Battle is a large scale piece that celebrates the rich history of Paul Robeson. Robeson was known for being a world activist who spoke out on racism. Thompson’s exploration of him carries deep implications, especially when set alongside the Peekskill Riots. This work will incorporate sculptural installation, performance, video, and sound.
Fit the Battle is a performance and commemoration created for Peekskill, NY that honors singer, Civil Rights activist, actor and athlete Paul Robeson and his celebrated baritone voice. The piece uses monumental sculpture and the largest ever gathering of Baritone Saxophones to immortalize the fervor and spirit of this critical figure of American history and his global reaching vision of unity. The industrial past of Peekskill and the cultural diversity of its population echo the cry for solidarity of working people that Robeson voiced with eloquence and determination. This project seeks the power of community to become a temporary monument.
Justin Randolph Thompson is a sculptor and new media artist born in Peekskill, NY. Living between Italy and the US since 2001, he has exhibited internationally and participated in numerous residencies in the US and in Europe. For more information about the artist, please visit www.justinrandolphthompson.com.
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Event Location and Ticket Information
1701 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10556
Handicap Accessible? Yes
Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Times: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter Phone: 914-788-0100
Presenter Website: www.hvcca.org