Provisions was produced collaboratively with artists Adrienne Wheeler, Nick Kline and the students of Nick Kline's 2015 Book Arts Class at Rutgers Newark. It is a collectible publication of paper versions of the students' Glass Book sculptures which premiered at The Gateway Project Newark in June 2015. All books are printed Risograph. Colophon page and title are printed silkscreen and using a custom stamp, respectively.
This installment of Glass Books respond to the Krueger-Scott African-American Oral History Collection, consisting of over 200 audiocassette recordings of interviews with African-American residents of Newark, NJ who migrated to the city between 1910 and 1970 during the Great Migration. Seven of these interviews are subjects for the collaborative artworks collected here, which seek to keep the interviewees’ voices alive for a new generation through a contemporary context. The title of the collection – Provisions – is inspired by descriptions of the boxes and bags used by individuals to carry food on their long journeys northward – a custom developed in response to “Jim Crow” laws that barred African-Americans from most public accommodations and restaurants. Also contained within this collection is a reprinted version of the original questionnaire used to guide these oral history interviews.