A Conversation Series on Museum Practice: On Counterpoints
@ Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL 60208
Opening Wednesday, April 27th, from 6PM - 7:30PM
On view through Sunday, July 10th
This conversation focuses on exhibition-making as a form of activism, the presentation of counternarratives, and efforts to incite institutional change.
With La Tanya S. Autry, Cultural Organizer and Independent Curator, Black Liberation Center and Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, Community Engagement Officer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Moderated by Alisa Swindell, Associate Curator of Photography at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College and former Block Museum Curatorial Research Associate for A Site of Struggle.
About the Series
On Collaboration, Context, and Counterpoints: A Conversation Series on Museum Practice
A three-part series in Zoom:
- Wednesday, April 13 from 6-7:30pm CT
- Wednesday, April 20 from 6-7:30pm CT
- Wednesday, April 27 from 6-7:30pm CT
Guests may register for as many sessions they wish.
Originating at Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art, A Site of Struggle explores how artists have engaged with the reality of anti-Black violence and its accompanying challenges of representation in the United States over a 100 + year period. The Block Museum exhibition will tour to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama August 13-November 6, 2022.
In conjunction with this exhibition, curators, educators, and scholars will share their reflections in a three-part conversation series on museum practice, engaging communities with care, and exhibiting challenging material related to race, violence, and our shared histories.
Lead support for this program is generously provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
About the Exhibition
How has art been used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialize anti-Black violence within the United States?
Originating at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art A Site of Struggle explores how artists have engaged with the reality of anti-Black violence and its accompanying challenges of representation in the United States over a 100 + year period.
Images of African American suffering and death have constituted an enduring part of the nation’s cultural landscape, and the development of creative counterpoints to these images has been an ongoing concern for American artists. A Site of Struggle takes a new approach to looking at the intersection of race, violence, and art by investigating the varied strategies American artists have used to grapple with anti-Black violence, ranging from representation to abstraction and from literal to metaphorical. The exhibition focuses on works created between the 1890s and 2013—situating contemporary artistic practice within a longer history of American art and visual culture. It foregrounds African Americans as active shapers of visual culture and highlights how art has been used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialize anti-Black violence.
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