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Thursday August 21st, 6-8pm

Justin Randolph Thompson | Fit the Battle | Salem Art Works

justinrandolphFit the Battle is a performance and commemoration created for Peekskill, NY that honors the legacy of singer, Civil Rights activist, actor and athlete Paul Robeson and his celebrated baritone voice. The piece uses monumental sculpture and the largest ever gathering of Baritone Saxophones to immortalize the fervor and spirit of this critical figure of American history and his global reaching vision of unity.   The project is directed by Justin Randolph Thompson in collaboration with Bradly Dever Treadaway and Jason Thompson.  Robeson was known for being a world activist who spoke out on racism.  The artist contextualizes racism and the African-American musician so as to examine the imposed hierarchies and assumed symbols of status. This work will Incorporate sculptural installation, performance, video, and sound. Justin Randolph Thompson is a sculptor and new media artist born in Peekskill, NY. Living between Italy and the US since 2001, he has exhibited internationally and participated in numerous residencies in the US and in Europe. For more information about the artist, please visit the his website at The work is supported and coordinated by Salem Art Works and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park. Mark Anthony Neal will deliver a keynote speech.  FREE

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