Bryony Roberts, Mabel O. Wilson, and The Marching Cobras of New York
Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem
122nd Street and Madison Avenue (entrance)
New York, NY 10027
African-American marching bands have long been powerful agents of cultural and political expression, celebrating collective identities and asserting rights to public space and visibility. With Marching On, Bryony Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson, professors at Columbia University’s GSAPP, collaborate with the Marching Cobras of New York, a Harlem-based after-school drumline and dance team, to explore the legacy of marching and organized forms of performance. Commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture, this new project interweaves echoes of the 1917 Silent March against racial violence with references to the revered Harlem Hellfighters in order to celebrate the crucial role of the community's collective performances as acts of both cultural expression and political resistance.
Image credit: We Know How To Order, by Bryony Roberts and the South Shore Drill Team, 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Photograph by Andrew Bruah. The Marching Cobras drumline in Harlem, 2014. Courtesy of Carlo Allegri Reuters.
Commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture. Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in collaboration with Storefront for Art and Architecture and Performa. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.