Black Utopias with Cauleen Smith and Jayna Brown
Renowned artist Cauleen Smith will be in conversation with Jayna Brown about black creative cosmologies and their shared subjects—black mystic Rebecca Cox Jackson, jazz and devotional musician Alice Coltrane, and poet, musician and band leader Sun Ra. Their talk will center on Brown’s new book, Black Utopias, and Smith's current exhibit Mutualities, currently at The Whitney Museum.
Marking Time with Nicole Fleetwood, Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter and James Yaya Hough: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration examines the impact of mass incarceration on contemporary art and culture. Focusing on art made in US prisons and in collaboration with artists and activists across the nation, she explores various aesthetic practices of incarcerated artists who use penal space, penal matter, and penal time to produce art about carcerality.
Iconica!: Black Trans Women Rearranging Symbols of Freedom
The author analyzes visual archives that offer us a kind of listening to the frequencies (Campt 2017) of moments of transition (Snorton 2017) that foregrounds the political dimension of the signs created through the portrayal of black trans women in the black diaspora in order to index the histories of representational, restorative and healing justice led by those women.
Artist Julie Mehretu in Conversation with Macarena Gómez-Barris
This symposium features artist Julie Mehretu in conversation with our director, Macarena Gómez-Barris.
Sea Log: Indian Ocean to New York, a dialogue between Sudipta Sen and May Joseph
Sea Log is a memory theater of repressive hauntings based on urban artifacts across a maritime archive of Dutch and Portuguese colonial pillage.
A Webinar with Coco Fusco: The Unbearable Weight of Utopia
Coco Fusco will reflect upon the legacy of the imaginary construct of Cuba as a revolutionary utopia, and consider the ways that emergent artists on the island respond both to that legacy and current legislation designed to control creative expression.
Talking to Action: Opening and Panel Discussion
Talking to Action investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the United States and Latin America while attempting to build a direct dialogue with artists and researchers across the hemisphere to discuss shared concerns, issues and art practices.
#Modest Fashion: Muslim Women, Online Piety, Bodily Disciplines
A Public Lecture by Prof. Nurhaizatul Jamil.
Queer Archives, Regional Archives
Gopinath draws on her recently published book Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora, to identify a “queer regional imaginary” in the works of contemporary artists Akram Zaatari and Sheba Chhacchi. She foregrounds the category of the region --in both its sub-national and supra-national senses-- in a queer diasporic frame in order to produce a new mapping of space and sexuality; this alternative mapping rejects dominant cartographies that either privilege the nation-state or that cast into shadow all those spaces, and gender and sexual formations, deemed without value within the map of global capital.