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Evolution of the Revolution

Evolution of the Revolution is an immersive, multi-media installation created by Surreal Box Cinema, an artistic duo formed by Lynn Rossi (photographer/set designer) and Nichelle Evans (set designer/conceptual artist). Evolution of the Revolution presents a surreal photographic journey that explores the African American revolutionary path, from the Trans-Atlantic Middle Passage to the present day political arena, including pivotal moments such as the Underground Railroad and the Civil Rights Movement.

The bright, large scale photographs featured in Evolution of the Revolution do more than pay tribute to the men and women who triumphed over slavery and struggle to gain equal rights: they also provide a poignant commentary on how the revolution reverberates through contemporary culture and events. To create these layers of meaning, the artists constructed elaborate staged sets that feature live models posing with a variety of props chosen or designed to provide a sharp and often satirical historical insight. In addition to the photographs, the exhibition displays several of the props used in the photos and a life size bus of retro style that celebrates the bravery of Rosa Parks and features the journey of other courageous African American civil rights leaders as the original riders for justice and freedom.

Photo Gallery
Exhibition Programs

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Prop-Making Workshop

Lynn Rossi and Nichelle Evans help you create a prop of the North Star. All materials provided (cardboard and paint). RSVP (213) 744-2014.

Saturday, March 19, 2016, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Surreal Photography Workshop

Apply your own artistry to create a photographic portrait of yourself or a family member guided by Surreal Box Cinema artists. We will decorate a fantastic studio and set lights and props. Please bring your own professional camera or phone camera, and additional items and/or costumes!
RSVP (213) 744-2014.

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Mural Painting Workshop

Discover the magic and intricacies of mural painting and contribute to paint a large mural on paper that will be displayed temporarily at the Courtyard. RSVP (213) 744-2014.