Past Exhibition


June 19 - September 7, 2017




June 19 - September 7, 2017

A CENTURY OF DISSENT! is a summer-long, public art studio designed to collaboratively REMAKE protest signs used in Harlem and East Harlem throughout the past century (and up to the present moment) with Jason Lazarus: Artist-in-Residence at Hunter East Harlem Gallery.

Images from Harlem’s history of protests will be culled from research and project participants will collaborate with Lazarus to pick a source image and create a passing life-size facsimile of the original sign of dissent.  In some cases, project participants may also elect to describe a sign they previously made and marched with in a public protest, and collaborate with Lazarus on crafting a recreation.

By the end of the summer, the Hunter East Harlem Gallery will become a new physical archive that simultaneously presents a multitude of historical moments and messaging, a place for reflection, synthesis, education, and re-examination of the present moment.

The artist will guide participants into collected protest images from greater Harlem, 1917 to the present, and participants will co-create a life size recreation of the original signs using provided materials at the exhibition space. Groups of any kind are welcome to make a reservation for a sign-making workshop session with the artist (age 10 and up).  All research and materials will be provided.  For group workshop inquiries and scheduling, email

PUBLIC PROGRAM as part of the Uptown Triennial:
In the spirit of collectivity, the public is also invited to join Lazarus, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, Columbia University's Wallach Gallery and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance on Saturday, August 5th at Marcus Garvey Park for a group portrait showcasing every self-identifying artist in Upper Manhattan.

Jason Lazarus is an artist currently teaching at the University of South Florida (Assistant Professor of Art and Art History) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Low Residency MFA Program Mentor).  Since 2003, his work has sought experiential forms and methods to grapple with the politics of representation. 



Past Exhibitions