Activations: Carl E. Hazlewood at the Chelsea Recreation Center

Saturday, March 25, 2023, 1–3 pm, Offsite

Event Details
Saturday, March 25, 2023, 1­–3 pm

Chelsea Recreation Center
430 West 25th Street
New York, New York

Free. Register for the event through NYC Parks.

Inspired by Anansi, the trickster spider whose stories and influence spread from West Africa to the Americas along with enslaved peoples, Carl E. Hazlewood’s Activations program reconsiders the existing lines and markings of the Chelsea Recreation Center’s basketball gymnasium as an interrelational web. Participants are invited to use a variety of materials prepared by Hazlewood to both extend the web and ensnare their own contributions within it, creating a collaborative artwork that weaves together stories of survival, evolution, and kinship through acts of craft and creativity.   

Program Description
Activations is a series of interdisciplinary public workshops designed by artists in response to civic spaces in New York City. Each activation invites participants to encounter a readymade site through the lens of an artistic practice, reimagining it as a space of creative possibility. All are welcome to participate.

Carl E. Hazlewood was born in Guyana and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MA from Hunter College, both in New York. In 1984 he co-founded Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, New Jersey. Solo exhibitions of his work include BlackHead Anansi: Constellations at Charlotte and Philip Hanes Gallery, Wake Forest University, South Carolina (2023); Racing Thoughts-Fever Dreaming at Art Basel Miami Beach (2022); and BlackHead Lyricism at Welancora Gallery in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (2022). Hazlewood has been the recipient of fellowships at the MacDowell organization (2023, 2015); the Brown Foundation at the Dora Maar House, Ménerbes, France (2018); and the Bogliasco Foundation, Italy (2018). His fifty-two-foot-tall wall work, TRAVELER (2017), was commissioned by the Knockdown Center, Queens. Hazlewood participated in the Art Cake residency at Cordy and Ethan Ryman’s Studio Program in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (2020–22).

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