Critical Conversations: Art And The Black Body Part I

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Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis says
We have been listening to the community and we see that people wish to speak directly to their experience of the artist’s talk this past Saturday at CAM, as well as to discuss the fraught history between our local black community and St. Louis cultural institutions. To that end, we are going to follow this Critical Conversation with at least one separate, future event.

We will hold the planned broader conversation about art and the black body at a later date. This Thursday, we want to provide an opportunity to center black critical voices around what people feel, think, and want here, right now.

We acknowledge that many people wish to respond by not being in CAM, but some people want to claim CAM- at least for a brief period- as a space that privileges black critique. This is our aim for this “Part 1” Critical Conversations on Art and the Black Body.
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Using Kelley Walker’s series schema; Aquafresh plus Crest with Whitening Expressions as a point of departure, this panel discussion will examine imagery and representations of the black body in contemporary art and culture.

The panel features Rebecca Wanzo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Associate Director of Center for Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis; Katherine Simone Reynolds, Photographer, theunsuspended.com; and Lyndon Barrois Jr., artist and Museum Educator.

This event is free and open to the public.

This program is presented in partnership with Critical Mass for the Visual Arts.
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By: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

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