Originally a voicemail project created by artist Mohammad Gorjestani as a tribute to Black and Brown victims of police killings, 1-800 Happy Birthday evolved into a large-scale exhibition at arts nonprofit WORTHLESSSTUDIOS’s Brooklyn warehouse. With the participation of the families of Dujuan Armstrong, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Stephon Clark, Fred Cox, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Xzavier Hill, Donovon Lynch, Sean Monterrosa, Tony Robinson, and Mario Woods, the show aims to honor the lives of those lost too soon.
Located at 7 Knickerbocker Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, 1-800 Happy Birthday closes on January 16. Join us for a series of free public programs during the exhibition’s last few weeks.
Black Caesar: The Album Release
Thursday, January 5, 6–8pm
Black Caesar is bassist, singer, and composer Russell Hall’s upcoming sophomore album featuring some of the finest artists in New York City.
Stoop Session 6: Joel Ross
Friday, January 6, 7–8:30pm, doors open at 6:15pm
Join us for Stoop Sessions at 1-800 Happy Birthday. With this live jazz concert, we celebrate Black and Brown culture and legacy in America.
Sunday, January 8, 2:30–4pm
As part of 1-800 Happy Birthday, WORTHLESSSTUDIOS is partnering with MINKA Brooklyn, a Black-owned, community-centered, spiritually-driven space for wellness and harmonious living. This partnership is designed to provide healing resources to Black and Brown people, in relation to the sensitive content of the exhibition.
Sunday, January 8, 4–6pm
Healing Walk is a slow and intentional tour of the 1-800 Happy Birthday exhibition with dedicated time for reflection, sharing, and group conversation alongside mental health professionals of color.
Closing Bday Celebration With Blk Book Swap
Sunday, January 15, 1–6pm
Come celebrate closing weekend with Blk Book Swap, an independent book lending initiative and inclusive pop-up event that aims to “get books off of shelves and into readers’ hands.”
For more information, visit worthlessstudios.org.