acerbic: Do Not Consider Us Forgotten

August 12, 2017 / 2:00pm

Free + open to all

As the art collective, acerbic, Donald Black Jr., Gabriel Gonzalez, and Ali McClain create work that offers a view into their experience as people and artists of color. Emerging from a process of research, their work often addresses structural forms of racism, violence, and discrimination that affect Cleveland's urban neighborhoods.

acerbic's Constant as the Sun installation includes Do Not Consider Us Forgotten, a work with mural-sized photos by Black and Gonzalez of life in Cleveland's Ward 5 Kinsman neighborhood, a predominantly African-American community where many residents live below the poverty line. This neighborhood, bounded by Kinsman, Woodland, and Woodhill on Cleveland's east side, is often called The Forgotten Triangle based on decades of economic and municipal neglect. These photomurals capture familiar scenes from Ward 5, including young men driving off-road vehicles through empty streets. Suspended in front of the photo mural are three plexiglass panels with poems titled "Kinsman," "Hood Stroll," and "We Are Here." These poems, written by McClain, evoke the experience of living in the Forgotten Triangle.

Join us for this program, in which acerbic members will discuss their work and then McClain will perform new and original poems inspired by photos by Black and Gonzalez. Each reading will be followed by an acerbic-led discussion with the audience to shed light on the often invisible and ignored challenges faced by Ward 5 residents and others in nearby neighborhoods. Jennifer Coleman, Senior Program Officer for the Arts at the Gund Foundation, will moderate the program. 

Community programs associated with Constant as the Sun are made possible by the John P. Murphy Foundation.

All 2017 exhibitions are funded by Leadership Circle gifts from an anonymous donor, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle Shan-Jeschelnig and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.

All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.