As Tulsa, Oklahoma, approaches the centennial of a dark moment in its history, the G.A.P. van is inspiring residents to commemorate and learn together - not only exhibiting art and sharing performances, but encouraging everyone to use art and creativity to foster mutual understanding and healing.
Rick Lowe’s G.A.P. Van is a multi-use, collaborative mobile art exhibition, workshop space and crosstown poster project.
The name G.A.P means a lot to the Tulsa community. Most notably, it references 1980’s R&B group GAP BAND. The acronym stands for Greenwood/Archer and Pine, their home and boundary streets of historic Greenwood, popularly known as America’s “Black Wall Street” and the site of the most devastating massacre in the history of US race relations.
The G.A.P Van will travel across Tulsa, asking residents to use their stories and voices to advance a powerful, healing approach to commemoration and memorial. At each stop, G.A.P. will invite residents to create posters which will be featured on a rotating, outdoor gallery retrofitted to the vehicle’s exterior walls.