Many Worlds Are Born Artist Talk - Jeanna Penn

Jeanna Penn’s large-scale collages are made with archival photographs of Albuquerque’s Black community that date from the 1940s through 1960s, a period when the city held a small but notable Black population. Penn explores four sites of Black geography in Albuquerque: Bailey House, Ted Davis Texaco, Ideal Hotel, and Winona Day Nursery. Penn’s collages speak of Albuquerque’s oft-neglected history of Black presence and the will to create community, despite the constraints of gentrification, urban planning, and zoning. Here she speaks on how these pieces were created, and how they ended up on view at 516 ARTS.