David Byrne, Maria Cornejo Celebrate GBA’s Latest Art ‘Drop’

GBA, a new art collective, displayed work by the artist Lakea Shepard at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn.

Last week, creative industry insiders filled the concrete and wood lobby of the Ace Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn to see the work of Lakea Shepard in the latest “drop” by GBA, a new art, commerce and lifestyle platform for underrepresented communities of artists.

The pieces, on display until January 30, are based on “slave masks”— devices of control and punishment used on enslaved people in the New World. Ms. Shepard assembles the masks with beads, gems, thread and ephemera, using traditional African basketmaking, embroidery and embellishment techniques to portray the challenges facing

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