CSPS, in partnership with The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) and the African American Museum of Iowa, will welcome a new piece of public art to Cedar Rapids this November. Jordan Weber, a Des Moines-based multidisciplinary artist and activist, will unveil his new exhibition to the community on Thursday, November 5.
Weber works at the cross section of social justice and environmental justice. This exhibit combines his passion for both issues by focusing on breathing. This is in reference to the “I can’t breathe” rallying cry shared by Black Lives Matter protestors across the nation, as well as the practice of meditation to reclaim one’s connection to earth. “The simple act to ‘breathe in and breathe out’ to maintain life is in constant threat in our communities from toxic eco-systems to violent interactions with police,” Weber says. “We, as a collective body of sentient beings, have to reclaim our connection to land and human stewardship completely separate from the pitfalls of political tribalism. I would like this installation to act as a point for individuals to just breathe. Disconnect with your ego, your sense of self, and your conditioned mind in order to reconnect with the totality of your existence on this planet with fellow human beings. We must unify in order to heal our lands and our communities – together.”
Weber gained prominence for a series of urban land remediation projects on vacant lots and deconstructed police vehicles turned community gardens. His work has been exhibited in galleries across the country, including White Box Gallery in New York; The Luminary in St. Louis; The Bemis Art Center in Omaha, Neb.; the Des Moines Art Center; Smack Mellon in New York; and Manifest Justice in Los Angeles. Weber was A Blade of Grass Fellow for Socially Engaged Art and a Tanne Award recipient. He has received the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation fellowship, as well as the African American Leadership Forum Award. He is currently the 2019-2020 artist in residence at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minn., and Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif. Weber will install his work at CSPS Hall on Wednesday, Nov 4th.