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A Call to Question

February 13, 2021

VCFA alumnx Adam DelMarcelle is building a collection of activist, content-driven artwork produced by artists bearing witness. The collection currently holds the work of James Baldwin, Emory Douglas, Purvis Young, Jacob Lawrence, Leopoldo Mendez, Adrian Piper, Sue Coe, Eric Avery, Francisco Goya, Fitriani Dwi Kurniasih (Fitri DK), Matthew Clay-Robison, HN Werkman, John Heartfield, Brick x Brick Collective, Frans Masereel and others. The collection is named in memory of his brother Joe DelMarcelle, who committed his life to the service of others, spending many years working with adults with physical and mental disabilities.

The collection is currently on view at York College of Pennsylvania’s gallery: https://www.ycp.edu/academics/school-of-the-arts-communication-and-global-studies/york-college-galleries/

DelMarcelle recently held an online Q & A session about the collection.

Adam recently held an online talk about the collection, which you can see here: https://vimeo.com/510975948?fbclid=IwAR1IpNffVdfydcS1IVIawdeih5LOKsxaaarhNQtZ2ZwlIGMEOnngGKzS2f0

The format for this event was a 30-minute discussion between DelMarcelle and Gallery Director Matthew Clay-Robison regarding the drive to collect and exhibit, selection of/criteria for artists included in the exhibit, and the social responsibility of the collector. Throughout the discussion, attendees were encouraged to comment and submit questions via the Chat feature and then after 30 minutes unmute themselves and join the conversation. The collection currently holds the work of James Baldwin, Emory Douglas, Purvis Young, Jacob Lawrence, Leopoldo Mendez, Adrian Piper, Sue Coe, Eric Avery, Francisco Goya, Fitriani Dwi Kurniasih (Fitri DK), Matthew Clay-Robison, HN Werkman, John Heartfield, Brick x Brick Collective, Frans Masereel and others.

The collection is named in memory of his brother Joe DelMarcelle, who committed his life to the service of others, spending many years working with adults with physical and mental disabilities.