Musezine 23: Oppression and Prejudice











Musezine 23: Oppression and Prejudice

Created in 2005, The Bronx Museum Teen Council offers dynamic

experiences with contemporary art and culture to urban youth through an

intensive after-school program for teens. Structured around video production,

artist interviews, zine publications, and exhibition curation, this 8-month

program provides teens with an open forum for the expression of ideas and

dialogue on issues affecting young people today.

This year’s MuseZine includes our own creative work inspired by our chosen

theme Oppression and Prejudice. It also includes our painting responses

to the Art AIDS America exhibition at The Bronx Museum of the Arts and

political button designs we created to address the current political climate.

Teens: Stephanie Almodovar, Nushrat Hai, Mya Herbert, Jennifer Hernandez,

Neil Jimenez, Aston King, Daljah Lewis, Valeria Martinez, Diante McLeod,

Genesis Middleton, Taziah Moody, Kevin Moreno, and Alyssia Perez

Museum Educators: Edwin Gonzalez and Ellie Krakow

Front Cover designed by Alyssia Perez

Back Cover designed by Genesis Middleton

Teen Council is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Pierre and Tana Matisse

Foundation, and Anonymous. Education and Community Programs are generously supported

by Calamus Foundation, Con Edison, Deutsche Bank, Keith Haring Foundation, Malka Fund,

O’Grady Foundation, New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, New York Yankees

Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Target, William Talbott

Hillman Foundation, and New York City Council Members Vanessa L. Gibson, Melissa Mark-

Viverito, and Annabel Palma.


Daljah Lewis

Art AIDS America is powerful exhibition that was on view at

the Bronx Museum when we started the Teen Council this

fall. With more than 125 works from 1981 to present day, the

exhibition examined the deep and ongoing influence of the

AIDS crisis on American art and culture. We first explored

the show together, and then each selected a theme from the

artworks we saw to inspire paintings of our own.

Alyssia Perez

Neil Jimenez

The urgency of time, the sense of containment, and the

overwhelming enormity of emotion expressed in the artworks

inspired us.

Daljah Lewis

Some artworks in the show used metaphors about the

changing seasons to explore dying and loss in the AIDS


Aston King

Jennifer Hernandez

Other artworks grapple head on with representing the illness

and pain caused by AIDS.

Stephanie Almodovar

Think Wide Open

Why does time violate my space?

Pass me by with too many moments to waste,

And take away this demon I’m willing to face.

This corrupted structure, I have no choice but to break.

Until then I remain disturbed peacefully.

It watches me skeptically, waiting for me to think incorrectly

so it has the power to sabotage me.

Society attempts to manipulate the logic behind my thoughts.

Insecurities put my rationality on pause

as they try to expose my flaws.

Everyone’s closed minded, puppets in the show

It’s the government against us all along.

Numbers and colors separate us all, they say who you are is wrong.

But me, I wouldn’t dare judge another soul based off of their skin.

I’m stuck in this terrible position they’ve put me in.

To think wide open you have to avoid this

deceptive demeanor they’ve thrust amongst us.

I will no longer disguise the rage behind my outbursts.

Instead I will eliminate the negativity, controlling this curse.

Since we have the ability to be open minded

don’t be selfish with your kindness.

Don’t let expectations cloud your judgment.

Don’t cage your inner beast. They will see you as the suspect.

Open your mind to the possibilities in your presence.

-Mya Herbert

Stephanie Almodovar

Diante McLeod

Nushrat Hai

Not a Badge button

2016-17 has been a politically charged year. We are contributing to the important

conversations about immigration rights, racism, women’s rights, religious

tolerance, police brutality, LGBTQ rights, and the environment by designing buttons

that address these key issues.

We are also sharing black-and-white versions of our button designs as

downloadable templates for FREE! All are encouraged to print, color, and use

these graphics in proud support of social justice. Download the templates at

Neil Jimenez

Taziah Moody

Stephanie Almodovar

Genesis Middleton

Aston King

center button

Stephanie Almodovar

Mya Herbert

Trapped inside your stereotypical lifestyle, deep in

your consciousness, you have love, but you bleed

hate. My prayers shared faith, yet it didn’t take, you

did steal lives to make “my” economy better. People

unpleased, but you go free with the guilt of an

innocent life… Just think, did you feel threatened,

or shot on purpose? Scared for your son or daughter

or just envious? I may not be fully Christian, but my

prayers will be heard that the glock tucked will remain

in your holster.

-Daljah Lewis

Kevin Moreno

Valeria Martinez

Diante McLeod

These Living Colors

by Taziah Moody

Be you. Switch down the block

With your husband

Shops in both


Of the store.

Be proud of the skin you’re


We are pushed in belonging


That have to follow society.



Be who you want to be.

Don’t let the world

Tell you how to live

Your life.

You wanna

Be transgender, be the

Best one you can be.

The point: Don’t let

Anyone stop you

From being who

You truly are.

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