Kosmo Vinyl Brings his “Cisco Kid vs. Donald Trump”
to May 3

Kosmo Vinyl Brings his “Cisco Kid vs. Donald Trump”

Legendary ‘Clash Man’ Kosmo Vinyl Brings his “Cisco Kid vs. Donald Trump” Art Exhibition to the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination from April 5 – May 3, 2019. First Friday Receptions 7 - 10 pm.

The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination will welcome London-born/New York City-based artist Kosmo Vinyl for the opening of the "Cisco Kid vs. Donald Trump" exhibition. The artist’s reception will take place on Friday, April 5 and showing until Friday, May 3, 2019.

The art project began in June 2016 as an Instagram series, with the artist appropriating 1950s Cisco Kid comic strips by Argentine Jose Luis Salinas and replacing the dialogue in the speech bubbles to reflect on Trump’s seemingly endless calamities. “There are many variants on the 19th-century quote “all bad men need to succeed is for good men to do nothing’,” notes Vinyl. "It may not be much, but I am doing something.” Creative Protest is nothing new for the artist, whose former career started in 1970s London working with seminal British punk band The Clash. Kosmo emigrated to New York City over 30 years ago and eventually retired from music to raise a family. His art career began almost by accident when he started making his own postcards and mailing them to friends.

When then-candidate Trump first announced that Mexican immigrants were drug dealers and rapists, Vinyl’s outrage sparked a brainstorm. “Cisco Kid was a caballero, the Robin Hood of the West. Who is better to defend the good name, not only of Mexicans but all immigrants?”, he thought. The Instagram series was started with the expectation of finishing after the election in November, but when the results came in, he realized people needed Cisco to ride on now more than ever.

He was first asked to exhibit Cisco Kid at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show during New York Armory Week in 2017, he had high-quality pigment prints made and framed for the fair. The installation captured the attention of MoMA PS1 Director, Klaus Biesenbach, and received coverage in Art News, The Inside Report and W Magazine. He then took the show to the belly of the beast, making his Washington D.C. debut at Lost Origins Gallery. The Washington Post wrote: "It’s as though the Clash reunited to challenge Trump, not with songs but with record covers." Since then he also presented Cisco shows in Atlanta and Nashville.

Not all Kosmo’s work is protest art, he had a painting in The Royal Academy’s 250th Summer exhibition curated by Grayson Perry in Piccadilly, London. He also has an exhibition of his soccer related art currently on show at The National Football Museum, in Manchester, England.

On Saturday, April 6, the Center will host an artist talk (with tea) at Noon, as a part of the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival. The exhibition will continue through May 3.

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"The Art & Zen of Chuck Barr" & Other Self-Taught Artists reception
7:00 PM19:00

"The Art & Zen of Chuck Barr" & Other Self-Taught Artists reception

 “The Art & Zen of Chuck Barr” & Other Self-Taught Artists presented by guest curator Pat McArdle. Opening Reception March 1, 7 - 10 pm.

The “Art & Zen” of Chuck Barr & 12 Other Self-Taught Artists.

Chuck is in his ninetieth year. He has been a musician since the 1950’s. Playing both the saxophone and flute. He has been painting and sculpting since the 1960’s. Chuck Barr is a Pittsburgher This is Chuck’s first-ever Gallery exhibition.

In the second gallery, Artists include: Robert Wright, Emory BIko, Mr. Imagination, Jury Albright, Norman Scott, "Butch Quinn", Helen Bryant, J.J. Burns, Randy Gilson (from Randyland), Inez Hess, Rocco Caniglia, Quinin Jones & Amir Rashid,.

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Exhibition Opening: Futuristic Relics & Motherboards Sacred
7:00 PM19:00

Exhibition Opening: Futuristic Relics & Motherboards Sacred

Artist, Christina Springer

Futuristic Relics & Motherboards Sacred are part of an on-going collection of videos, paintings, ritual objects, textiles, and temple icons which contemplate the future utopia people (Black) will experience by the 31st Century. Through manipulations of space and time, Christina Springer has called into being and manifested relics and artifacts from The Monongahela Territories.  On display will be works which exist due to Memory Transfer Sessions from 31st Century Egunographers & SpiriTechs. This work was made possible in part by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments joint program "Advancing The Black Arts In Pittsburgh," as well as, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Artist Opportunity Grant.


Bio -

Christina Springer is an Alt.Black artist who uses text, performance, video and other visual expressions to communicate what the space between molecules in the air wish for you to know. Most recently, her visual art has been shown at the San Jose Martin Luther King Library, Dayton Visual Art Center, and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.  Her book, The Splooge Factory is forthcoming from Frayed Edge Press in November. Her most recent theatrical offering, “She Diva Died. & Come Again?” incorporated text, movement, music and video to explore the challenges and joys of raising a Black man.  Cave Canem shaped her voice. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her educational outreach work included four site-specific, mixed-media projects with youth at The Tower Of London. Springer resides in Pittsburgh where she home educates her son.

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to Sep 22

Tarot of the Week with Lavender

Every Saturday 9:30am - 10:30am

Explore Tarot as a map to the Human Body. This class is an integrative self care practice centered each week around a different Tarot theme. Learn musculoskeletal anatomy, self massage, trigger point therapy, energy lines in the body, active and passive movement, mindfulness exercises and more. Mat and Thai acupressure stick provided.

Session Dates:

August 4, 11, 18, 25

September 1, 8, 15, 22

$10-$20 sliding scale

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