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Social Justice Art Exhibit Opens Deerfield’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday Celebration

Marjorie Young – January 5, 2015

Deerfield Academy is pleased to present a social justice art exhibit curated by Angel Abreu ’92 in the von Auersperg Gallery, located in The Hess Center for the Arts. The entire community is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, January 11 from 4-6:00 p.m. This will be a unique opportunity to view the work of nationally and internationally renowned artists who use art to raise consciousness and promote social change.

After graduating from Deerfield Academy in 1992, Angel Abreu studied philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. He grew up in the Bronx and is a long-term member of Tim Rollins and Kids of Survival (K.O.S.), an artist’s collaborative based in the South Bronx. Rollins and K.O.S. have exhibited their work, which is based on canonical literature as well as music, at galleries internationally. Their work resides in over 100 permanent museum collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Tate Modern. Through his collaboration with K.O.S., Abreu is the youngest artist, at 14, to have a work acquired by MOMA. Abreu continues his work with Tim Rollins and K.O.S. In addition, he has developed his own practice based on a study of American Pragmatism that he maintains in his Hoboken studio. Abreu is also a senior professor at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

The exhibit has been organized in conjunction with Deerfield’s Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Celebration. Mr. Abreu will be leading a master class in which students will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop and produce a piece that will be part of the exhibit.

The exhibit will run from Sunday, January 11 until Friday, February 27. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9-4. Special tours can be arranged by contacting mtaylor@deerfield.edu.