Nov 21st 2013

Jamaican-born artist Ebony G. Patterson’s work is an exploration into the varied interpretation and appropriation of feminine archetypes by young men of the African diaspora. Patterson explores the tension between the transformed and that which transforms, interrogating the ever-changing relationship between the ‘video light’ and the performed male within Jamaican dancehall space. While her output is rooted in the regional, political, and cultural specificity of present-day Jamaica, Patterson’s work raises larger questions about beauty, gender ideals, and constructions of masculinity not only within black culture, but popular culture as a whole.

This panel discussion is developed in conjunction with Patterson’s weeklong youth-focused workshop and intervention in the Arts Incubator gallery, and will focus on the artist’s current trajectory as it relates to the culmination of the project.

Participants: Allison Glenn, Program Manager at the Arts Incubator; Krista Thompson, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University; and Ebony G. Patterson.

Sponsored by Arts + Public Life, Monique Meloche Gallery and the University of Chicago Charter School.

Image credit: Ebony G. Patterson, installation view from Six Degrees of Separation exhibition at Frost Museum, 2013, image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery.

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