Date(s) - 12/05/2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Walter and McBean Galleries
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Flash Point brings disparate locations and events, presented as a collection of videos, into a shared space where past injustices meet contemporary forms of perseverance. Collapsing history into the present, Jefferson Pinder traces a path back to the Spring of 1919, when Blacks across the U.S. saw a surge in race riots, lynchings, and violent mobs. Racial tensions had reached a critical tipping point, fueled by a shifting post-war climate. This extended period of violence, lasting through most of the year, is marked in American history as the Red Summer.
A hundred years out, Jefferson Pinder shares the performance work associated with his cathartic 2019 road trip, created as a response to the Red Summer. Pinder explores the current radicalized landscape with his crew of performers to see what has changed in a century – and what has not. From Chicago, Illinois to Ellisville, Mississippi, revisited sites of terror are host to an exploration of the hidden histories that underpin the African American plight.