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CALL/VoCA Talk: Otto Neals

Otto Neals smiles on a couch surrounded by artwork. He is Black with a greying beard, and wears a leather cap and a necklace with a cowrie shell pendant.
CALL Artist Otto Neals

A pioneer in developing a diasporic visual language that chronicles the rise of global historic influences on African American Art, Otto Neals has been a longtime community member and organizer in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He paved the way for the Brooklyn artistic renaissance that has produced many of the emerging, mid, and established artists we celebrate today.

On October 16, 2016, Otto Neals sat down at his home in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, with artist and VoCA Program Committee Member Jonathan Allen to discuss his life and prolific career as a painter, sculptor, and printmaker in New York City.

This event was one of a series hosted in partnership with VoCA to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. The full-length Talk is below, and transcripts of VoCA Talks are available upon request. Please direct queries to [email protected].

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