City Life Org – High Line Art features Faheem Majeed’s Freedom Stand, a 15-foot-tall tribute to historic black newspapers, as its first public artwork in New York City


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High Line Art Announcement freedom standa new commission from the artist Faheem Majeed. Showcasing the vitality of community-generated news and self-advocacy, Freedom’s Stand displays two centuries of black newspapers on a 15-foot-tall wooden structure. The installation, Majeed’s first institutional exhibition in New York, will be on view from September 2022 to August 2023 on the High Line at 30th Street. Freedom’s Stand is curated by Melanie Kress, Associate Curator, High Line Art.

Located on the High Line at 30th Street near the trailhead to Hudson Yards, a hub in the public park that sees thousands of domestic and international tourists as well as office workers and residents pass by daily, Freedom’s Stand by Faheem Majeed is a tribute to the influential role of black newspapers as historical sources of information dissemination, community representation and cultural production. Freedom’s Stand features a monthly rotation of headlines, articles, photographs and advertisements from historic and contemporary Black American newspapers, such as the Chicago Defender of Chicago, Illinois and Nubian News of Trenton, New Jersey. The total 175 newspaper images are displayed, during installation, on a 15-foot-tall open structure made of reclaimed wood and wood composite panels, resembling two-dimensional images superimposed in space. The shape of the structure is inspired by the Dogon architecture of Mali and the old-fashioned designs of newsstands once found on the streets of Chicago and New York.

Freedom’s Stand is named after Freedom’s Journal, the first black-owned and operated newspaper in New York City, founded in 1827, which offered a counter narrative to newspapers that marginalized and encouraged the enslavement of Africans and African Americans. In Freedom’s Stand, Majeed highlights how black newspapers record history as it is made in the United States, sharing stories and perspectives that are often underreported and misreported by mainstream media even today. . The work draws from a range of influential, community-focused work, including Chicago’s Wall of Respect and the Community Mural Movement, and emphasizes the importance of community-generated information and the self-representation. The sculpture was originally conceived as a proposal for the High Line plinth.

Faheem Majeed is an artist, teacher, curator and community animator. He blends his experiences to create works that focus on institutional critique, while his exhibitions leverage collaboration to promote meaningful dialogue within his immediate and wider community. In his studio practice, he transforms materials such as chipboard, scrap metal and wood, abandoned signs and the remains of billboards, breathing new life into these often overlooked and devalued materials. . In 2016 Majeed co-founded the Floating Museum, an art collective that creates new models to explore the relationships between art, community, architecture and public institutions. He was also Executive Director (2007-2011) and Curator (2003-2011) of the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago, the oldest African American art center in the United States.


Faheem Majeed (born 1976 in Chicago, Illinois) lives and works in Chicago. Majeed has had solo exhibitions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2022, 2016); Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (2020); South Side Community Art Center, Chicago (2020); Corvus Gallery, University of Chicago Laboratory School, Chicago (2019); SMFA at Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts (2019); and Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (2015). His work has been presented in group exhibitions in institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2017); DuSable Museum, Chicago (2017); and P!, New York, New York (2017). Majeed has received the Leaders for a New Chicago Award from the Field and MacArthur Foundation (2020), the Joyce Foundation Award (2020), the Harpo Foundation Award (2016) and the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Fellowship (2015) .


Founded in 2009, High Line Art commissions and produces a wide range of artwork on the High Line, including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs and a series of panel interventions. display. Led by Cecilia Alemani, Director and Chief Curator of Donald R. Mullen, Jr. of High Line Art, and presented by High Line, the arts program invites artists to think about creative ways to engage with architecture, unique history and design. of the park and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.

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Main support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support for High Line Art is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, The Brown Foundation, Inc., and Charina Endowment Fund. Support for the High Line Art Project is provided by Charlotte Feng Ford, The Scintilla Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Vivian and James Zelter. High Line Art is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council for the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City in partnership with the New York City Council.

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