Joseph Cuillier

School as a stepping stone to liberation

United States

“Emphasizing the importance of collective action”

Bringing together his interest in art and radical movements, Joseph A. Cuillier III created The Black School, an experimental art school combining art making with presentations and discussions on the subject of radical black political theory that is inspired by the Civil Rights Movement’s Freedom Schools as well as the Black Panther Party’s Liberation Schools. He is also one of the organizers of several New York iterations of the Black Love Festival, a free one-day celebration of black culture which includes music and art, and has taken place in cities throughout the U.S. His work has taken the form of sculptural installation, collage, photography, and wheat-pasted posters, among others, often incorporating his own texts as well as images from historical black social movements.

A New Orleans native, Cuillier lives in Harlem and teaches at Parsons School of Design and the Pratt Institute, where he earned an MFA. His work has been on display at venues throughout the city, including the New Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the library at the Museum of Modern Art, Pioneer Works, and Wallach Gallery at Columbia University.