Remembering the Tulsa Massacre at Keyes Gallery

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An image from Leslee Howes Stradford's series “The Night Tulsa Died, The Black Wall Street Massacre, 1921.”

Julie Keyes Gallery in Sag Harbor will host a Memorial Day weekend show featuring the work of Leslee Howes Stradford, an artist-in-residence at The Church in Sag Harbor, along with artist Claude Lawrence.

On view at the gallery will be “The Night Tulsa Died, The Black Wall Street Massacre, 1921.” The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 was a massacre confined mainly to the racially segregated Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 31 and June 1, 1921.— 100 years ago this week. Stradford is a descendant of victims in that riot.

“My approach to making art includes: social, cultural and historical documentation,” writes Stradford in her artist’s statement. It is sometimes figurative, sometimes abstract, sometimes both.

“Using new technology, photographic research and drawing, I create digital images, painted canvases and printed silks,” she adds.

A reception for the artist will be held at Keyes Gallery, 45 Main Street, Sag Harbor, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 27. The work remains on view throughout Memorial Day weekend. On Sunday, May 30, at 4 p.m., The Church at 48 Madison Street in Sag Harbor will host a book signing and discussion with Stradford. Capacity is limited and reservations are required at info@juliekeyesart.com.

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