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It's Not About US

  • New Boon(e) 253 North 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA, 19106 United States (map)

It’s Not About US



New Boon(e) presents a two person show featuring work by artists Jay Katelansky and Phoebe Bachman, curated by New Boon(e) member Leah Koontz. 

It’s Not About US  is provoked by the current social climate of race in America. This leads to our understanding of the need for radical re-education about race, and the cultivation of a pluralistic future. This need departs from conditions of systemic negligence against bodies of color. It’s Not About US looks to the celebrated emergence of Black Joy, while presenting scenarios of unlearning and relearning on the part of white allies. Through this process, the artists decentralize themselves in order create room for the viewer to reckon with their own subjectivity. Ultimately, we desire for our viewers to consider a space of liberatory action that can account for overlaps and disconnects, while simultaneously encouraging introspective contemplation. 

Jay Katelansky uses a variety of media to create installations where she explores her interest in collective trauma and the dehumanization of Black folks in the United States using the vehicles of science fiction, dystopic/utopic narratives, and Black joy. Jay is a current MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she won the 2016 Chazen Museum Prize. Jay holds a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design.

Phoebe Bachman maintains a practice which situates itself in a space where research, activism, community organizing, and theory begin to take hold as situations that animate inequities felt amongst a variety of publics. Phoebe is currently working as a project coordinator and collaborator on Philadelphia Assembled, a project initiated by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She also frequently participates in anti-racist, queer and gender-justice based movements in the city in Philadelphia. Phoebe holds a BFA in sculpture, with a concentration in Community Art from Tyler School of Art.


The exhibition will open on First Friday, April 1st from 7-10pm.

Join us for a preview and discussion of the work Thursday, March 31st at 7pm.

On April 1st, there will be 10 minute performances of “Reenactment of Thanksgiving 2014’ at 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, and 9pm.


Gallery Hours:
Saturday, April 2nd 12-3pm

Sunday, April 3rd 12-3pm

Earlier Event: March 24
Movie Night - House
Later Event: April 21
Movie Night - Popul Vuh