Complex Exchange: Collaboration | Connectivity (Free)

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Presented in partnership with the Northwest African American Museum, Complex Exchange pairs Seattle community members from varying disciplines in a series of conversations related to issues of race, power, and politics of representation. Artists, technologists, activists, writers, and community builders tackle themes inspired by the exhibition, "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic," on view at the Seattle Art Museum, and The Harmon & Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM). This session features Cristina Orbe, Karen Toering, and Gabriel Teodros.

Complex Exchange features presenters and practices that reference black experience and the lives of people of color from a local context.

Advanced RSVPS for April 13 are sold out. Available seats will be released prior to the program and there will be standing room.

Please note, parking is limited is at the Northwest African American Museum. We encourage you to consider alternative transportation.

Media | Representation
May 4, 7–9pm


Kehinde Wiley is one of the leading American artists to emerge in the last decade and he has been ingeniously reworking the grand portraiture traditions of Western culture, in paintings of people of color in contemporary attire. Wiley’s portraits are highly stylized and staged, and draw attention to the dialectic between a history of aristocratic representation and the portrait as a statement of power and the individual’s sense of empowerment.

The Kelley Collection features works from Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Robert Colescott, and other icons whose works were the first to represent black life in the America and paved the way for innovation. Complex Exchange furthers this dialogue through a mix of perspectives and practice.

"Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic" is organized by the Brooklyn Museum.

Image: "Shantavia Beale II" (detail), 2012, Kehinde Wiley, American, b. 1977, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in., Collection of Ana and Lenny Gravier. Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York. © Kehinde Wiley. Photo: Jason Wyche.
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