Art History from Home: Collective Memory in Contemporary Black Art

Tues, Nov 10, 2020, 6 pm

Online, via Zoom

This session looks at the ways contemporary Black artists draw on collective memory to play with, challenge, and transform notions of identity. We will consider works by Faith RinggoldBetye Saar, and Kerry James Marshall to explore how these artists subvert the canon of American art and culture.

Ayanna Dozier is an artist, lecturer, curator, and Ph.D. candidate at McGill University. Her dissertation, Mnemonic Aberrations, examines the formal and narrative aesthetics in Black feminist experimental short films in the United Kingdom and the United States. She is the author of the 33 1/3 book on Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope. She is currently a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney and a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.

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A work by Kerry James Marshall. A figure sits in a domestic room surrounded by the faces of cultural and political pioneers of the 1950s
Kerry James Marshall, Souvenir IV, 1998. Acrylic, glitter, and screenprint on paper and tarpaulin with metal grommets, 107 5/8 × 157 1/2 in. (273.4 × 400.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee 98.56. © Kerry James Marshall; courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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