Functional Diversity Visiting Artist Series
PAST EVENT: November 16, 2017
Artist Leroy Moore is the next presenter in our Functional Diversity & Art: A Creativity Engagement series, a new visiting artist series that uses contemporary art practice to explore the concepts of disability, varying abilities and how diverse subjectivities are expressed through creative means.
This creative engagement series will be offered to the campus community and wider public during AY 2017-18. The series will include presentations and lectures, Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 first year seminars, and a culminating exhibition of student artworks created in responses to the work of these visiting artists.
Leroy F. Moore Jr., Founder of the Krip-Hop Nation and cofounder of Sins Invalid, is an activist, writer, poet, rapper, feminist, and radio programmer. Moore wrote for I.D.E.A.L. Magazine, and since the 1990s, has written the column “Illin-N-Chillin” for POOR Magazine. His books include the spoken-word CD and his upcoming book is a children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101 that will be publish by Xochitl Justice Press.
As a youth, Moore discovered that most people had little knowledge of the historical impact of disabled African Americans. This led him to begin research, initially in the music industry, and to promote artists with disabilities for broader inclusion. Moore is a leading activist on issues of wrongful incarceration and police brutality against people with disabilities.
He writes, lectures, and performs about race and disability issues both in the United States and abroad. Moore is one of the founding member of National Black Disability Coalition. Moore has traveled to S Korea for the Para-Olympics and for the 2014 DaDa Fest Krip-Hop Nation UK Tour, as well as to South Africa, Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere, networking internationally with other disabled activists and artists.
Born in 1967 with cerebral palsy in NYC, Leroy Moore, Jr. was blessed to have a conscious, activist father & mother who instilled a strong sense of identity as a Black and disabled youngster. Thus, Moore’s Krip-Hop Nation is a movement that addresses ableism, or discrimination against disabled artists, esp. Black musicians marginalized because of racism AND ableism.
Krip-Hop Nation has over 300 members worldwide who get their message out by publishing articles and hosting events, lectures and workshops
Performance/ talk to be followed by light refreshments and a special SickSpits Spoken Word Collective Open Mic event from 6:30- 7:30
Art Annex, Room 107
Co-sponsored by American Studies, Art History, Center for Mind & Brain, Davis Humanities Institute, Design, Music, Performance Studies, SickSpits Spoken Word Collective.