We are excited to have you attend the Whose Streets? Our Streets! Film Screening + Discussion on Saturday October 19th
The Whose Streets? Our Streets! short documentary film features interviews with the photographers that are featured in the exhibit and will be followed by a facilitated discussion by Calvin Eaton featuring Tamar Carroll and Josh Meltzer of the ways in which activists and photographers can collaborate to further movements for social justice.
The “Whose Streets? Our Streets!”: New York City, 1980-2000 project brings together the work of 38 independent photographers who chronicled movements for social change. Collectively, this work documents a range of social justice issues including housing and gentrification; race relations and police brutality; HIV/AIDS and queer activism; feminism and reproductive rights; labor and education; and war and the environment.
Tamar is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her book, Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty, and Feminist Activism, examines the history and legacy of three path-breaking social movements in New York City from the 1950s through the 1990s. She conducted more than fifty oral history interviews while researching this book; she also drew on organizational and personal archives, newspapers, films, posters, and photographs to bring these stories of activism to life.
Josh Meltzer joined the faculty in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology where he teaches photojournalism, video storytelling and interactive storytelling as an Assistant Professor. Previously, Josh taught similar courses at Western Kentucky University. A native of Athens, Georgia, Josh is a 1995 graduate of Carleton College in Minnesota and received his Masters in Multimedia Communications from the University of Miami in 2013.
Current Seen supports the region’s growing contemporary art community by bringing new curatorial voices and new artists together near East Ave. and Main St., connecting audiences along these historic streets. Core Venues (Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester Public Library, Visual Studies Workshop, and RIT City Space, and Framework Venues (galleries, community and alternative spaces, and pop-up venues) will host curated exhibitions of local and national artists related to the general theme: our current moment / our changing city.