Ancient Prayerz
An exhibition of archival prints c. 1989-92 by M. Saffell Gardner and Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts
Opening Friday, February 23, 6-9 pm

In the late 1980s, M, Saffell Gardner and Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts initiated their first of many collaborations that would occur over the course of four decades. Ancient Prayerz is a series of monoprints dating from 1991-92, made from a woodcut they hand-carved in Pitts’ Hamilton Street studio in Detroit, and printed at Robert Blackburn’s legendary Printmaking Workshop, a seminal open studio on 17th Street in Manhattan since its establishment in 1947. Run on Rives and Arches archival paper, each work in this vintage series represents a unique variation featuring inked stencils of self-referenced icons related to West African deities.

Known as an activist, artist and poet, Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts (September 16, 1941 – August 13, 2022) founded the Ogun artist collective more than 40 years ago, as well as the local press Black Graphics International, Kcalb Gniw Spirit and Band Unit #10. He was a member of the Detroit radical labor group League of Revolutionary Black Workers. Pitts exhibited and performed internationally. M. Saffell Gardner (February 7, 1954) is a multi-disciplinary artist, art historian, curator, educator and mentor, whose drawings, paintings and sculpture have been exhibited internationally. His work is in the permanent collections of Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit Medical Center, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Renaissance High School, Southeastern High School, Detroit School of the Arts, Detroit rePatched, and Michigan Legacy Art Park, among others.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-3pm and by appointment. Exhibition runs through April 7, 2024.

Sundays, February 18 & 25, 4 pm
The Out Session
Hosted by Zekkereya El Magharbel and Detroit Composite Trio
We're kicking off an early Sunday series put together by rising star trombonist/artist Zekkereya El Magharbel and featuring Detroit Composite Trio. After a feature set, the stage will be opened up to other improvisers and ad hoc ensembles. No covers, no standards, no originals. Free and open to the public. 

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This fall and winter we’re working to support those in need locally and globally, with more educational events, community activities, and fundraisers benefiting other organizations and initiatives. Recently, we’ve seen the direct impact that our programming can have on current events, when Detroit City Council Member Mary Waters repeatedly stated during a council meeting that our film screening featuring Radiance of Resistance on November 10 informed her decision to support a ceasefire in Gaza, which the council then adopted, making Detroit the first major American city to take a stand in opposition.

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