Black is, Black Ain’t (Book Launch and Symposium)
@ The Renaissance Society
5811 S. Ellis Avenue, Cobb Hall, Room 418, Chicago, Illinois 60637
Opening Sunday, December 8th, at 2PM
The Renaissance Society presents the “Black Is, Black Ain’t” Book Launch and Symposium on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the University of Chicago’s Kent Hall, featuring panelists Thelma Golden, Bennett Simpson, Huey Copeland, Kellie Jones, and Hamza Walker. Using the book launch of “Black Is, Black Ain’t” as the occasion, this symposium’s cast of curators, critics and scholars will reflect on a series of seminal exhibitions from “Black Male” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1994 through “Blues for Smoke” currently at the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the context in which they were mounted—from the riots ensuing in the wake of the Rodney King beating to Obama’s presidential election. The Renaissance Society’s Associate Curator and Education Director Hamza Walker will kick off the Dec. 8 event with a keynote. The event is presented with support from the The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago.
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