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.
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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.
The urgency of time, the sense of containment, and the
overwhelming enormity of emotion expressed in the artworks
Some artworks in the show used metaphors about the
changing seasons to explore dying and loss in the AIDS
Other artworks grapple head on with representing the illness
and pain caused by AIDS.
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.
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
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.
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
Be transgender, be the
Best one you can be.
The point: Don’t let
Anyone stop you
From being who
You truly are.