The Art of Shani Jamila

on view: 10/26/17 - 2/16/18

Upcoming Events

One World: Art + Literature

The artist will be in conversation with the legendary publisher and editor Chris Jackson. This is not one to miss!

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12.15.17, 8:30am-10am | 40 Rector St, 9th fl

Chris Jackson is the publisher and editor-in-chief of One World, a newly relaunched imprint of Random House. He’s the editor of a wide range of award-winning and bestselling authors, including Bryan Stevenson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jill Leovy, Trevor Noah, Matt Taibbi, and Eddie Huang. One World’s forthcoming lists include Marwan Hisham, Molly Crabapple, Mona Hanna-Attisha, Jean Guerrero, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ibram X. Kendi, and Valarie Kaur. His own writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Callalloo, The, and other outlets. He lives in New York.


Shani Jamila is a visual artist, cultural organizer and a Managing Director at the Urban Justice Center. Her travels to nearly fifty countries deeply inform her photography, collage and performance practice. She has exhibited, lectured and performed at institutions including Harvard University, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Smack Mellon Gallery, SCOPE Art Fair, Corridor Gallery, City College of New York, New Museum, Phillips Collection, NYU, Princeton and the Brooklyn Museum. Named “One of the 35 Most Remarkable Women in the World” by ESSENCE Magazine, her image and quote are featured in “A Choice to Change the World,” a permanent exhibition at her alma mater Spelman College.

Photo credit: Larry Lowe

Click here to view Shani’s TED Talk, Reimagining Resistance through Art.

Larry Ossei-Mensah is a Ghanaian-American independent curator and cultural critic who has documented contemporary art happenings for various publications including NeueJournal, Uptown and Whitewall Magazine. His writings have profiled some of the most dynamic visual artists working today—Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Kehinde Wiley, Lorna Simpson and street artist JR. As a curator, Ossei-Mensah uses contemporary art and culture as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. He has organized exhibitions at commercial and nonprofit galleries throughout New York City featuring a roster of critically acclaimed artists including Firelei Baez, ruby amanze, Hugo McCloud, Brendan Fernandes, and Carlos Aires, Genevieve Gaignard to name a few.

Ossei-Mensah is also the Co-Founder of ARTNOIR, a global collective of culturalists who design multimodal experiences aimed to engage this generation’s dynamic and diverse creative class. ARTNOIR serves as a tangible extension of Ossei-Mensah’s curatorial vision of “bridging gaps." ARTNOIR has organized a number of programs with artists, authors and organizations such as Wangechi Mutu, Yaa Gyasi, Hank Willis Thomas, Knopf, Random House, NY Times, Harvard, NYU, Tumblr, Black Lives Matter to name a few.

Ossei-Mensah recently served as 2017 Critic-in Residence at ART OMI in addition to serving as Co-Chair on Russell Simmons’ RUSH Artist Advisory Board and MoMA Friends's of Education Board. This Fall Ossei-Mensah will serves as a juror for ArtPrize 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Orisha Prize 2017 in Paris, France.

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Photo credit: Andrew Boyle

Past Events

The Art of Molly Crabapple

October 2016 - October 2017 | The War On Drugs is An Epic Fail The New York Times

We Have Nothing to Lose But Our Chains: The Art of Emory Douglas

June 19 - September 16, 2016 | Fifty Years Later, Black Panthers Art Still Resonates The New York Times

The Art of Disruption, Rap Sheet to Resume

October 29, 2015 | Event Page
Urban Justice Center (40 Rector St, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006)

Previous Speakers and Organizers


Emory Douglas

Artist, Activist


Soffiyah Elijah

Advocate, Attorney, Scholar


Robyn C. Spencer



Exhibition Curator: Shani Jamila

Dir of HRP at UJC, Artist, Activist


Favianna Rodriguez

Artist, activist and cultural organizer


Gregory Sale

Artist, activist

Johnny Perez

Johnny Perez

UJC Safe Re-Entry Advocate

Glenn Martin

Glenn Martin

Founder, Just Leadership USA

Marisa Morán Jahn

Exhibition Curator: Marisa Morán Jahn

Artist, Activist, UJC Designer

Susan Goodwillie

Susan Goodwillie

Actress; UJC Social Worker

Doug Lasdon

Opening Remarks: Doug Lasdon

UJC Founder & Exec. Dir

Art at UJC

As one of the nation’s leading legal service providers to over 19,000 of New York City’s most vulnerable residents each year, the Urban Justice Center (UJC) believes that art plays a critical role in re-sensitizing us to overlooked or complex issues — as well as moving us to act. By curating and commissioning original works by diverse artists, UJC invites new ways to reflect upon its work, forge new connections, foster innovation, and to move the public to take action on issues critical to its mission.

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