In 2006 I reinvigorated the ancient genre of art known as Station of the Cross. I did this by exhibiting a series of artwork titled Stations of the Cross - It Was Just An Old Fashioned Lynching at an episcopal church in the Chicago area.
The medium employed was collage, and consisted of fourteen collages on wood panels, each 12” x 16” and one assemblage 24” x 48”. The purpose was to raise awareness of hatred and racism, generate conversations about the topic, stage talks with the community, and do a performance in the form of a Good Friday sermon at the Rockefeller Chapel in Hyde Park, Chicago.
With no intention to sell the work, I also made signed, color, limited edition catalogues of the exhibit that were given to anyone who donated any amount of money to the church’s mission to feed the poor in their community.
My action will be to launch a page on my website (www.gallery119.com/oneofthem) for my new series titled Stations of the Cross - One of Them which was inspired by the Robert Hayden poem Night, Death in Mississippi. In the short poem an old white racist,with a long history of lynching African Americans, bemoans the fact that he cannot be out with his son “un-bucking” the men being killed that night after hearing a cry and screech of “One of them, I bet.”
Please go the the Thanks & Links page on this website to sign the Guestbook and share your thoughts as part of the International Immigrant Movement. My grandparents all came from Italy 100 years ago, and my late father Julius experienced oppression and discrimination from being Italian which included being held down in trying to advance his career. His father was pressured to join Capone's Mafia and the gangsters threatened to kill my father if my grandfather did not join the outfit. He punch out one of Capone's thugs (Papa Alberico was about 5' 2") and had to move out of Chicago until Capone was in prison. So, they sacrificed a lot and experienced things I have not had to endure, so I dedicate this page and my report to my Dad, Julius Alberico, and my Grandfather, Bert Alberico.