Lethbridge, AB: Killmonger at the Museum: What a Hollywood Blockbuster Can Tell Us About Institutions These Days
Nov
1
12:00 PM12:00

Lethbridge, AB: Killmonger at the Museum: What a Hollywood Blockbuster Can Tell Us About Institutions These Days

Art NOW Series: Aruna D'Souza
Killmonger at the Museum: What a Hollywood Blockbuster Can Tell Us About Institutions These Days
Noon, November 1, 2019
University Recital Hall
Free admission, everyone welcome!

Museums around the world have been challenged by protesters in recent years to account for who and what they show and who is footing the bill. While the questions aren’t new, the expectations about how museums function as public entities are, especially in the U.S. Starting with a key scene from Black Panther, this talk will explore the ways institutions are being asked to transform themselves as formerly excluded groups are staking their claims. 

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New York NY: New Art Histories for Some Kind of Tomorrow
Nov
5
6:30 PM18:30

New York NY: New Art Histories for Some Kind of Tomorrow

November 5, 2019,  6:30 pm 
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Inspired by a passage from the late Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987), this program explores shifting fault lines in art history and emergent forms of cultural criticism. Join a gathering of public intellectuals as they assess the social and political forces that impact contemporary art making and its broader ecosystem. What do writers with a background in critical race and ethnic studies interdisciplinarity bring to the past and future of art history, one that has been predominantly Eurocentric and masculine? If arts and culture writing must keep pace with the changing social world, which directions must it go? Beyond social and cultural analysis, will writers be tasked with pronouncing their broader political commitments? Scholar J. Faith Almiron leads the conversation with Jessica Bell Brown, Ashley James, Aruna D’Souza, and Greg Tate about the practice of writing and research toward social transformation without fear.

$25, $20 members, $18 students. Ticket includes same-day museum admission. Same-day admission tickets may be presented at the door for free entry to the event as space allows.

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New York, NY: SUMMIT X — The Creative Time Summit
Nov
14
to Nov 16

New York, NY: SUMMIT X — The Creative Time Summit

SPEAKING TRUTH | SUMMIT X


November 14 – 16, 2019
The Great Hall, The Cooper Union
+ satellite venues across New York City
Early Bird Passes Available Now
 
Speaking Truth | Summit X is a multi-day convening that fosters meaningful exchange through a range of programming. Your Summit pass includes access to Thursday’s opening celebration, where you can mix and mingle with speakers and other attendees; Friday’s wide-reaching, moving, and deeply thought provoking talks from local and global artists, activists, and thought leaders at The Great Hall; Friday evening’s selection of dinners across the city, and Saturday’s mix of workshops, small group conversations, and hands-on learning opportunities led by artists and organizations.
 

SPEAKERS 

ABIGAIL ECHO-HAWK 
ARUNA D’SOUZA
JOSH BEGLEY
LARA BALADI 
LARISSA SANSOUR
LAUREN WOODS
LÉULI ESHRAGHI
VICTORIA LOMASKO
YOUSRA ELBAGIR

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New York, NY: Atlas Unlimited, Acts VII-X
Oct
17
8:00 PM20:00

New York, NY: Atlas Unlimited, Acts VII-X

Conversation between Aruna D’Souza and Matthew Jesse Jackson on the occasion of the exhibition Atlas Unlimited, Acts VII-X.

Atlas Unlimited: Acts VII-X is an exhibition which renders the life of Zakaria Almoutlak, a Syrian sculptor and refugee currently living in Belgium, through sculpture and vocal performance. Artist Karthik Pandian and choreographer Andros Zins-Browne have been working with Almoutlak since 2017, incorporating fragments of his rich and complicated life story into previous exhibitions in Belgium (Netwerk Aalst, Precarious Pavilions, 2018) and Chicago (Logan Center Exhibitions, 2018).

In this final iteration of the project, Pandian and Zins-Browne invite visitors to 80WSE to experience an ongoing duet by acclaimed vocalists Ganavya Doraiswamy and Aliana de la Guardia. Filtered through the respective South Indian and Western operatic vocal traditions that Doraiswamy and de la Guardia are trained in, the two vocalists will sing Zakaria’s narrative in the gallery for the run of the show. The stories oscillate between the textures of an artist’s life in, and fleeing from, a country ripped apart by civil war, and an abstraction that evokes Almoutlak’s absence in the exhibition itself. Despite the 2018 travel ban, which forbids entry by Syrian nationals into the U.S., Almoutlak will participate in the exhibition by commenting on the performance on Instagram live; the singers in turn will incorporate his comments into their songs, creating a live, virtual, feedback loop.

Acts VII-X are performed within a mise-en-scène of sculptures in limestone and wood, patchwork theatrical backdrops and carved screens, several of which have been destroyed, conserved, or which will undergo transformation during the four weeks of the exhibition. 

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New York, NY: Book Launch of "I Stand in My Place of My Own Day Here: Site Specific Art at the New School"
Oct
2
6:30 PM18:30

New York, NY: Book Launch of "I Stand in My Place of My Own Day Here: Site Specific Art at the New School"

Join us in celebrating the much-anticipated book launch of I Stand in My Place with My Own Day Here: Site-Specific Art at The New School with book readings and performances at three campus installation sites: the José Clemente Orozco, Kara Walker, and Agnes Denes murals. Guided through the spaces by artist and poet Carl Hancock Rux, the event will feature a performance by award-winning choreographer Edisa Weeks; a commissioned composition by jazz musician and New School professor Dave Douglas, workshopped and performed with his College of Performing Arts students; and readings by book contributors including writer-art critic Aruna D’Souza, artist and New School faculty member Andrea Geyer, cultural historian and New School professor Julia Foulkes, and fashion hacktivist and Parsons School of Design professor Otto von Busch. A reception will follow in the University Center, the location of Agnes Denes’ sweeping 2016 installation titled Pascal’s Perfect Probability Pyramid & the People Paradox—The Predicament (PPPPPPP).

Program Run of Show
6:30PM-7:15PM
José Clemente Orozco
Orozco Room, 7th Floor, Joseph Urban Building (66 West 12th)

The evening is introduced by artist-poet Carl Hancock Rux, who guides participants through the three sites
with readings by Julia Foulkes and Otto von Busch

7:30PM-8:15PM
Kara Walker
Lobby, Arnold Hall (55 West 13th)

Performance by Edisa Weeks

8:30PM-9:30PM

Agnes Denes
2nd floor cafeteria, University Center (63 5th Ave)

Reading by Aruna D'Souza and Andrea Geyer
Debut of commissioned, musical composition for the Agnes Denes mural by The New School professor, composer, and musician Dave Douglas, workshopped and performed with students from The New School College of Performing Arts (CoPA)

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New York, NY: Freedom of Speech: A Curriculum for Studies into Darkness
Sep
20
to Sep 21

New York, NY: Freedom of Speech: A Curriculum for Studies into Darkness

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The New School/Vera List Center
University Center, Starr Foundation Hall
63 Fifth Avenue
New York City

Friday, September 20, 6:30-8pm
Saturday, September 21, 1:30-5pm, followed by reception

Admission is free but advance registration is requested HERE.

Over the past year, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics has partnered with ARTICLE19, the National Coalition Against Censorship, the New York Peace Institute, and Weeksville Heritage Center to address the perennially contested right to free speech. The effort stems from an invitation by artist and filmmaker Amar Kanwar, and his artwork, Such a Morning (2017), which can be seen as an allegory for retreating into darkness to consider ideas and realities that require profound reorientation. In the context of today's fraught political climate in the U.S. and internationally, the partner organizations came together to present public seminars from each of their particular perspectives as well as those of artists, writers, and poets. This two-day Closing Convening assembles both the partners in this project as well as presenters from the original seminars to engage in a public discussion of where this in-depth series of conversations has led us.

The Closing Convening is organized around a letter that the professor featured in Such a Morning pens. Letter number 7 suggests three phases to create a curriculum for studies into darkness. The first, Arrival and Anticipation, addresses legal and psychological frameworks of individual bodies, and the body politic, in relationship to freedom of speech. It includes formative uses of free speech ranging from poetry to manifestoes, addresses physical space as a site of expression and invites imagining how we might make ready or prepare for desired futures. Then comes Order and Disintegration, and here existing structures and their logics are examined alongside strategies for interruption and subversion. Finally, Silence and Transformation, the state wherein withdrawal and silence create a generative space for thinking and future action, where transformation might be possible.

The Closing Convening kicks off on Friday evening with this final state, Silence and Transformation. Renowned artist Amar Kanwar provides a reflection on the seminars and their meanings, and distinguished poet and language activist Nathalie Diaz reads from her work.

On Saturday, the afternoon begins with a roundtable discussion including all the partner organizations, moderated by Svetlana Mintcheva, programs director at NCAC. Next, Arrival and Anticipation features presentations by poet and criminal defense lawyer Vanessa Place and artist Shawné Michaelain Holloway followed by responses by cultural historian Kazembe Balagun and sociologist Aleksandra Wagner. Artist and educator Kameelah Janan Rasheed contemplates Order and Disintegration, with responses by artist Chloe Bass and writer and critic Aruna D'Souza. Each discussion is followed by a Q & A.

The Convening closes with "In The Mouth of This Dragon," a newly commissioned sound work and performance by Mendi and Keith Obadike, featuring the writings of Audrey Lorde. A reception will follow.

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Norfolk, CT: Black and White Doesn't Make Grey
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Norfolk, CT: Black and White Doesn't Make Grey

  • Yale Norfolk School of Art, Battell House (map)
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Aruna D’ Souza’s lecture will focus on Lorraine O’Grady’s artwork and The Black and White Show, a conceptual project/exhibition curated by O’Grady in 1983. O’Grady’s project was a response to New York’s segregated art world by inviting 28 artists, 14 of whom were black and 14 white, to contribute artwork in black and white.  O’Grady wrote, “Achromaticity would heighten similarities and flatten differences. And it would be the first exhibit I’d seen in the still virtually segregated art world with enough black presence to create dialogue.” O’Grady’s black-and-white exhibition addressed color as a formal component with social and political implications.

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Brooklyn, NY: Whitewalling on Stage: Art, Race, and Protest in Performance
May
13
7:30 PM19:30

Brooklyn, NY: Whitewalling on Stage: Art, Race, and Protest in Performance

James Hannaham, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
In conversation with Aruna D’Souza

Writer Aruna D’Souza, writer and artist James Hannaham, performer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) convene for a conversation about the politics of race in the performing arts. Looking to D’Souza’s critical 2018 book Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts, which traces the troubled history of art and race in America through three distinct controversies, the participants transpose these issues to the arena of performance, examining how artists, audiences, critics, and institutions can more thoughtfully engage in dialogue around these questions.

In particular, the discussion focuses on claims of artistic censorship that are levied in reaction to questions of who can or should authentically tell which stories. What are the limits of artistic intent and empathetic allyship in considering what work is created, by whom, and in which institutions it’s shown? Does the inherently collaborative nature of the performing arts allow for greater authenticity in developing more nuanced and inclusive work or is it bound by the same institutional biases as the visual art world?

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Austin, TX: Viewpoints Lecture #3
Apr
25
3:00 PM15:00

Austin, TX: Viewpoints Lecture #3

The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to welcome David Platzker and Aruna D'Souza for the 2019 Viewpoint Series. This program invites leading curators, critics and scholars of the contemporary art world for three separate visits to the UT Austin campus. Each visit lasts several days and is comprised of a public lecture and seminar, as well as private studio visits for current graduate students.

Lecture
Thursday, April 25 at 3 pm
Art 1.102

Seminar
Friday, April 26 at 3 pm
ART 3.206 (Performance Room)
The seminars are open to all UT students and faculty as well as the public, but please be aware that there is limited seating. 

Free and open to the public.



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Chicago, IL: Is Empathy Enough?
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Chicago, IL: Is Empathy Enough?

We often hear talk of empathy as a solution to political fragmentation—especially in the art world. Artists, curators, museum educators, and others speak lately of art’s special role in helping to develop the kind of understanding that’s necessary to cross divides of class, race, affiliation, and so on. But what if empathy isn’t enough? What if—even worse—it’s counterproductive? By looking at the example of the 2017 Whitney Biennial protests and their aftermath, we can catch a glimpse of both the value and the limits of fellow feeling when it comes to working towards social justice.

Free and open to the public.

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Austin, TX: Viewpoint Series Lecture
Mar
14
3:15 PM15:15

Austin, TX: Viewpoint Series Lecture

The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to welcome David Platzker and Aruna D'Souza for the 2019 Viewpoint Series. This program invites leading curators, critics and scholars of the contemporary art world for three separate visits to the UT Austin campus. Each visit lasts several days and is comprised of a public lecture and seminar, as well as private studio visits for current graduate students.

Lecture
Thursday, March 14

Seminar
Friday, March 15
ART 3.206 (Performance Room)
Time TBD

(The seminars are open to all UT students and faculty as well as the public, but please be aware that there is limited seating.)

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Chicago, IL: In Response: Aruna D'Souza on Atlas Unlimited
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Chicago, IL: In Response: Aruna D'Souza on Atlas Unlimited

  • Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (map)
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Writer Aruna D’Souza presents a talk about Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne’s project Atlas Unlimited (Acts V–VI) at the Logan Center Gallery, contextualizing their work within artistic practices that engage questions of forced migration. The talk will be held in the Logan Center Terrace Seminar Room. Free; RSVP recommended by not required.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Karthik Pandian & Andros Zins-Browne: Atlas Unlimited (Acts V—VI), which you can read more about by following the link below: 
https://arts.uchicago.edu/logan-center/logan-center-exhibitions/exhibitions-projects/karthik-pandian-andros-zins-browne-atlas

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Providence, RI: Artist Talk & Roundtable with Caitlin Cherry
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Providence, RI: Artist Talk & Roundtable with Caitlin Cherry

Bowab Black Box Theatre, Smith Center for the Arts
Providence College, Providence RI

Artist Caitlin Cherry draws as much from the traditions of art history as from the trailblazing feminist theory authored in this technology-saturated age. A solo exhibition of newly commissioned artworks at Providence College’s Reilly Gallery in the Smith Center for the Arts, Dirtypower merges two of the artist’s recent interests: imagery warped by Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitor technology, and the representation of black female bodies in institutions and media. At this event the artist will lecture on the themes of her artistic practice and participate in a discussion on key themes and ideas of her artworks with Providence College faculty and other guest scholars.

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San Francisco, CA: ENGAGE: Black Refractions Symposium
Feb
23
10:30 AM10:30

San Francisco, CA: ENGAGE: Black Refractions Symposium

Keynote address at ENGAGE: Black Refractions Symposium.


Save the date for MoAD’s second annual daylong symposium inspired by the artists in Black Refractions: Selections from the Studio Museum in Harlem. Featuring artists, curators, collectors, gallerists, and art writers who will join us for insightful conversations around identity, politics, and the role of institutions on the works and careers of artists of African descent. The day includes keynote addresses, live music and dance performances, inspiring panel discussions with artists and curators, and a catered lunch.

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New York, NY: President's Achievement Award for Art and Activism
Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

New York, NY: President's Achievement Award for Art and Activism

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The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2019 WCA Lifetime Achievement (LTA) Awards: Olga de Amaral, Mary Beth Edelson, Gladys Barker Grauer, and Mira Schor.  The recipients for the 2019 President's Art & Activism Award are L.J. Roberts and Aruna D'Souza.

The celebration kicks off with a ticketed cocktail reception from 5:30-7:00pm at the New York Institute for Technology (NYIT) on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Guests purchasing reception tickets will be treated to three food stations, butlered treats, an open bar, and the opportunity to congratulate the awardees. Immediately following the reception at 7:00pm, doors will open for attendees for the Awards ceremony in the NYIT Auditorium. The LTA Awards ceremony from 7:30-9:00pm is free and open to the public.

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Austin, TX: Viewpoint Series Lecture
Feb
7
3:15 PM15:15

Austin, TX: Viewpoint Series Lecture

The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to welcome David Platzker and Aruna D'Souza for the 2019 Viewpoint Series. This program invites leading curators, critics and scholars of the contemporary art world for three separate visits to the UT Austin campus. Each visit lasts several days and is comprised of a public lecture and seminar, as well as private studio visits for current graduate students.

Lecture
Thursday, February 7
ART 1.102

Seminar
Friday, February 8
ART 3.206 (Performance Room)
Time TBD

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Conversation on Ruth Asawa: Helen Molesworth, Aruna D'Souza, and Tamara H. Schenkenberg
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Conversation on Ruth Asawa: Helen Molesworth, Aruna D'Souza, and Tamara H. Schenkenberg

Learn more about the life and work of Ruth Asawa through a conversation with curator Helen Molesworth, writer Aruna D’Souza, and Pulitzer Curator Tamara H. Schenkenberg. This event also marks the release of the newly published exhibition catalogue, containing original essays by each of the panelists. Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work will be available for purchase at the event, or to pre-order your copy, click here

This program is free to attend; however, seating is limited. To reserve your seat, register at Brown Paper Tickets using the link below. Seating is first come, first served, so early arrival is encouraged. Limited standing room is also available on a first come, first served basis in select sections of the museum. 

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Whiteness Symposium Talkbacks: Aruna D'Souza
Jan
15
6:30 PM18:30

Whiteness Symposium Talkbacks: Aruna D'Souza

Join us tomorrow the third of the Whiteness Symposium Talkbacks, a year-long series unpacking the conversations from last summer's On Whiteness Symposium. At each talkback, one presentation from the symposium will be screened, and members of the Racial Imaginary Institute will mediate an open conversation reflecting on that keynote.

TRII is excited to present the third of these talkbacks at CUNY Graduate Center TOMORROW, Tuesday, January 15th, from 6:30pm - 8pm, with Aruna D'Souza (author of Whitewalling: Art, Race and Protest in Three Acts) moderated by LeRonn P. Brooks, Ph.D. If you missed the symposium, you can watch the recording here, or you can just listen to the keynote at the event itself.

This program is free and open to the public.

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Queens International 2018: Access and Agency
Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

Queens International 2018: Access and Agency

Rewriting the Narrative: Conversations on Exclusion, Censorship, and Space Making
Join us for a series of conversations focusing on structural forces of omission, erasure, and negation in culture, literature, and on digital platforms. Featuring Aruna D’Souza in conversation with QI 2018 artist Janet Henry and Linda Goode Bryant

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New York, NY: AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture
Nov
26
6:30 PM18:30

New York, NY: AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture

  • The Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The Auditorium (map)
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Aruna D'Souza delivers the twelfth annual AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture in partnership with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

When she returned to art writing two years ago, after a five-year absence, Aruna D'Souza decided she would like her approach to the task to atone for past failures—failures of politics, of style, of generosity. She had just read Ta-Nehisi Coates' "A Case for Reparations" and began to wonder what, in the era of Black Lives Matter and #SayHerName, a reparative mode of criticism might look like. Her talk will explore some of her thinking—and set out some further questions about what art criticism might offer in our urgent political moment.

The AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture at The New School is an annual celebration of an exemplary writer whose lecture addresses seminal issues in contemporary art criticism. Previous lecturers have been Michael Brenson, Linda Nochlin, Roberta Smith, Holland Cotter, Peter Schjeldahl, Michelle Kuo, Lucy Lippard, Carolyn Christoph-Bakargiev, Naomi Beckwith, Negar Azimi and, most recently, Paul Chaat Smith. 

The lecture is organized by the U.S. chapter of the International Association of Art Critics in partnership with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. The collaboration fuses AICA-USA's dedication to art criticism as a rigorous discipline with the Vera List Center's commitment to discourse on how the visual and performing arts respond to some of the most pressing social and political issues of our time. The organizations' robust partnership is amplified through the Vera List New School Art Collection Writing Awards, an educational program that supports the creative and critical thinking of New School students, inviting them to write about any of the 2,000 works in the university's art collection with the editorial oversight of a member of the AICA community.

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Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

Kingston, ON: Whitewalling: Art, Race and Protest—a conversation

  • Agnes Etherington Art Center, Queens University Kingston ON Canada (map)
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Alongside Canadian Art editor Merray Gerges, art critic and activist Aruna D’Souza will discuss her recent book Whitewalling: Art, Race and Protest in Three Acts (2018) and the reparative potential of art criticism. The conversation will be an opportunity for interdisciplinary dialogue about the intersections between art, arts institutions, technology, and politics. D’Souza and Gerges will discuss how they address structural racism, diversity and inclusion in their own practices and, in particular, how they have mobilized digital and social media platforms for serious criticism and scholarly debate. 

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Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Los Angeles, CA: Aruna D’Souza & Tomashi Jackson

Aruna D’Souza’s new book Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts—reflecting on three exhibitions at the Met, Artists Space, and the Whitney that shook the art world—asks the question: When we speak of artistic freedom and freedom of speech, who, exactly, is free to speak? Artist Tomashi Jackson joins D’Souza in conversation.

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Oct
8
2:20 PM14:20

San Diego, CA: Aruna D'Souza and Nicole Miller in Conversation

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery is proud to welcome writer and critic Aruna D’Souza, to speak about her newest publication Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts. This free event will include discussion about the relationships between art and race in America and how curators, artists, and institutions deal with these issues as they apply to free speech and censorship. Aruna D’Souza will be in conversation with filmmaker and UCSD Professor Nicole Miller. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

Austin, TX: Keynote Talk at Fighting Racism: Art & Action

Vincent Valdez: The City
Facing Racism: Art & Action Symposium

Inspired by the commitment of Vincent Valdez to creating socially engaged art, this day-long symposium will feature artists, curators, and scholars sharing experiences and ideas about the role of the arts in addressing racism.

Full symposium schedule and registration available here.

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Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Oakland, CA: Dancing Around Race with Gerald Casel

On September 20, 2018, Hope Mohr Dance presents a Dancing Around Race Public Gathering featuring choreographer Gerald Casel and Aruna D’Souza, author of Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts. This public event, part of The Bridge Project’s 2018 Community Engagement Residency (CER) led by Casel, will offer the public a chance to hear Casel and D’Souza speak, as well as the opportunity to engage in a moderated dialogue about equity in the arts with members of the artist cohort for Dancing Around Race: Raissa Simpson, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Sammay Dizon, Yayoi Kambara and David Herrera. Free; tickets required.

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