On July 20, 2018, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, you are invited to a “behind the scenes” look at numerous images, posters, objects and other materials from The Paradise Collection.

This work, on view at Artists Image Resource (AIR) from June 22 to July 20, is the result of Paradise Gray’s Resident Project at AIR. Paradise began this project with support from the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and the August Wilson Center in 2016 after his participation in Activist Print, a collaborative public art project produced by AIR and The Andy Warhol Museum.

Originally, Paradise’s project at AIR was to complete his suite of six murals that make-up the Disappearing Black Culture in Pittsburgh Series and to reproduce the final murals as a portfolio of digital prints. Mid-way through the project, Paradise began to suffer some health issues and lost a significant portion of his eyesight. It was during this time that conversations with the artist lead to the decision to expand the scope of the project to include a fuller look at Paradise’s vast archive of Hip Hop images, memorabilia, and activist photography.

There was a new urgency regarding the organization of this material and the project began to shift subtly from capturing images that expressed the “before and after” structure of the Disappearing Black Culture Series to a broader look at Paradise’s images of the various community efforts, activities, documents, and movements that have informed his practice and make up his collection.

   On Friday July 20, there will be a closing reception from 6:00 to 10:00 pm.

Paradise will also have work from the Collection on display at the August Wilson Center from June 21 to July 20, 2018.

Paradise Gray is a community organizer, author, artist, music producer, historian, and a founding member of 1Hood. Before moving to Pittsburgh in 1992 from the Bronx, Gray’s career in hip hop is legendary as a member of the group X Clan and as the manager and promoter for the hip-hop club “The Latin Quarter” in New York City in the last 1980s.

 Artists Image Resource’s mission is to support the working artist and to make the methods and practices of the artist more transparent and accessible to broader populations. AIR produces fine art print work with artists and offers innovative educational programs that explore the creative process with neighborhood schools, arts organizations, and the community. Each year, AIR invites artists to work in-residence at its laboratory facility on Pittsburgh’s Northside. As they explore creative ideas and complete new work, Resident Artists have full access to the printmaking shops and equipment at AIR.


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