Show Me the Signs

October 30 – November 14, 2020
Los Angeles

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Blum & Poe is pleased to host Show Me the Signs, a preview exhibition of an upcoming benefit auction to help the families of Black women killed by the police. Over 100 artists have created powerful pieces in the form of protest signs to fight for change, with all works being auctioned and 100% of the proceeds going to the African American Policy Forum #SayHerName Mothers Network. Founded by AAPF in December 2014, the #SayHerName campaign works with the mothers and families of Black women, girls, and femmes killed by police, to elevate their stories and fight for justice.

“Black women and girls do not fit the most accessible frames of anti-Black police violence, and because of that, it’s difficult to tell their stories in a way that people recognize and remember,” said Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, AAPF executive director and co-founder and founder of Say Her Name. “By working with the families of slain Black women, AAPF’s #SayHerName campaign resists Black women’s invisibility by telling their stories.”

Featuring works by artists across creative industries including April Bey, Cardi B, Jim Carrey, George Condo, Billie Eilish, Aaron Fowler, David Hockney, Rashid Johnson, Bruno Mars, Marilyn Minter, Nancy Rubins, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn, “Show Me the Signs” brings together a diverse and inclusive collective of creative voices that reinforce solidarity and empower love. The benefit auction will be hosted on Artfizz, a new online community-driven marketplace for contemporary art, which is offering its platform to support the initiative prior to its official launch later this year. 

“We thank all of the participating artists who have shared their creative vision to stand for love and equal justice, and to support this important cause,” said Amanda Hunt, Director of Public Programs and Creative Practice at Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and member of the “Show Me the Signs” Benefit Committee. “‘Show Me the Signs’ brings the creative community together with a larger collective to protest police violence against Black women, support the families already impacted, and promote a better future for all.”

“During this time of civil unrest due to the unjust killing of Breonna Taylor, I hope to see more people understand the Black diaspora and ask themselves how we can change for a better world,” said Kathia St. Hilaire, participating artist.

“Breonna Taylor, a human being, was murdered within the cascade of circumstances that fuels a particularly deep sense of sorrow,” said Nathaniel Mary Quinn, participating artist and member of the “Show Me the Signs” Benefit Committee. “In 2011, she was a student at the University of Kentucky; she cared for those in need as a health care provider. In the words of James Baldwin, ‘not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.’”

“Say her name – and keep the tragedies of these women at the forefront so that change is the result,” said Mr. Wash (Fulton Washington), participating artist. “Since the days of old, people have been praying to God to ‘show me a sign!’ We must keep the faith that justice will be delivered for these women. Always keep in mind that ‘faith without works is dead.’”

Benefit Committee

Mathieu Bitton
Tim Blum
Kimberlé Crenshaw
James Fauntleroy
Dave Gross
Amanda Hunt
Christine Y. Kim
Margaret Lee
Bruno Mars
Shermena M. Nelson
Jeff Poe
Nathaniel Mary Quinn
Myriam Ben Salah
Ali Subotnick
Lauren Taschen
Benjamin Trigano

Participating Artists

Lita Albuquerque
Charles Alston
Ivan Argote
Natalie Ball
Sharon Barnes
Dr. Hasshan Batts
April Bey
Louise Bonnet
Julien Boudet
Sarah Braman
Matthew Brandt
Andrea Marie Breiling
Olaf Breuning
Sheila Pree Bright
Haas Brothers
Delia Brown
Marcus Brutus
Nancy Buchanan
Zoë Buckman
Cardi B
Jim Carrey
Ian Patrick Cato
Bhasha Chakrabarti
Phil Chang
Elisa Cohen
George Condo
Mario Correa
Mira Dancy
Tacita Dean
Benjamin Degen
Rafael Delacruz
Nick Doyle
Angela Dufrese
Sam Durant
Billie Eilish
Mia Enell
Stephanie Farr
Sarah Faux
Patricia Fernandez
Harrell Fletcher
Bea Fletcher
Ryan Foerster
Llyn Foulkes
Aaron Fowler
Eve Fowler
James Benjamin Franklin
Marley Freeman
Hope Gangloff
Lukas Geronimas
Mark Thomas Gibson
Nash Glynn
Jerry Gogosian
Piero Golia
Daniel Gordon
Idakatherine Graver
Logan Maxwell Hagege
Mathew Hale
Chase Hall
Camille Henrot
David Hockney
Julian Hoeber
Jessie Homer French
Lanise Howard
Pearl C. Hsiung
Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Mala Iqbal
Samuel Jablon
Carling Jackson
Ian James
Rashid Johnson
Haley Josephs
Kara Joslyn
Stanya Kahn
Marina Kappos
Jarrett Key
Arghavan Khosravi
Forrest Kirk
Lenny Kravitz
Dapper Bruce Lafitte
Doron Langberg
Krystle Lemonias
Nathan Mabry
Bruno Mars
Patrick Martinez
Milo Matthieu
Sam Messer
Marilyn Minter
Meleko Mokgosi
Jean-Baptiste Mondino
Dave Muller
Lavar Munroe
Rebecca Ness
Kori Newkirk
Eamon Ore-Giron
Anderson Paak
Alessandro Pessoli
Pat Phillips
Kate Pincus-Whitney
Matthew Porter
Nathaniel Mary Quinn
Vincent Ramos
Umar Rashid
Duke Riley
Elliott Jamal Robbins
Mariah Robertson
Nancy Rubins
Riiko Sakkinen
Kenny Schachter
Kenny Scharf
Lara Schnitger
Bailey Scieszka
Cauleen Smith
Kathia St. Hilaire
Clintel Steed
Cole Sternberg
Rob Thom
Chanel C. Thomas
Glenyse Thompson
Usher
Sara VanDerBeek
Autumn Wallis
Zoe Walsh
Christine Wang
Fulton Leroy Washington
Emma Webster
Claudia Weill
Austyn Weiner
Hannah Whitaker
Didier William
Chase Wilson
Saya Woolfalk

African American Policy Forum (AAPF) was founded in 1996 by Kimberlé Crenshaw and Luke Charles Harris, African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is an innovative think tank that connects academics, activists and policymakers to promote efforts to dismantle structural inequality. AAPF utilizes new ideas and innovative perspectives to transform public discourse and policy. AAPF promotes frameworks and strategies that address a vision of racial justice that embraces the intersections of race, gender, class, and the array of barriers that disempower those who are marginalized in society. AAPF is dedicated to advancing and expanding racial justice, gender equality, and the indivisibility of all human rights, both in the U.S. and internationally. To learn more about the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and its #SayHerName campaign, please visit aapf.org.

#SayHerName launched in December 2014 by the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS), the #SayHerName campaign brings awareness to the often invisible names and stories of Black women and girls who have been victimized by racist police violence, and provides support to their families.

The #SayHerName Mothers Network is a group of mothers and family members of Black women, girls and femmes killed by police. The mission of the Mothers Network is to provide support to other mothers and families who have been victimized by racist police violence and to bring about reforms in social, judicial and law enforcement practices that can ensure humane, just and empathetic change in communities across the nation. Similar to movements for social and restorative justice from around the world, this network of Mothers and families has turned grief into activism while providing a model for social movements that are currently searching for sustainable approaches to advocacy and reform.

Artfizz is a new online platform that seeks to foster a community-driven marketplace for contemporary art. Founded on the belief that artists should continue to benefit from the ongoing sales of their work and be a part of their works’ continued journey, Artfizz shares half of the commission with the artists whenever their works are resold on the platform. Further details will be announced later this year.

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