I See You: The Politics of Being Forum
Friday, March 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
The I See You: The Politics of Being Forum brings the exhibition curator, visual artists, and local scholars together for an opportunity to discuss contemporary visual art, and the experience of women in the African Diaspora. Over the course of two days, attendees will meet and speak with exhibiting artists Michaela Pilar-Brown, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Endia Beal and Alexandria Smith; participate in performance pieces by Brown and Ortiz; explore the I See You exhibition; and share in facilitated conversations led by scholars from JCSU and Davidson College.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, March 28, 6-9:00pm
Registration and Welcome
6:30 Performance and Discussion: bittersalt bittersweet; Michaela Pilar Brown
Michaela Pilar Brown presents this performance piece that embraces a larger tradition of performance art in contemporary American art. Presenting her own nude and bound body, behind a hawker and circus tent, Brown invites the audience to provide a drink, cut her binds, or speak to her in this space. Challenging notions of the marginalization and fetishisation, of the black female body, the piece brings P.T. Barnum’s commodification and exploitation of Joice Heth, as well as the historical objectification of the Hottentot Venus into question, and challenges our current perceptions of black femininity, identity and power. Following the performance, Michaela will discuss the performance with the audience, Jonell Logan, Director of Education and Public Programs, Dakysha Moore,
Ph. D, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications and Terza A. Silva Lima-Neves, M.A., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science at JCSU.
PLEASE NOTE: Friday's performance will include nudity.
Saturday, March 29, 10am – 1pm
9am Light Breakfast
9am Performance and Discussion PorcelaReina: Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz
"In A Delicate Condition" is the phrase artist Wanda Ortiz is reminded of often as her pregnancy progresses. As a woman that isn't used to being treated Delicately, she interested in the idea of precious items, protection, and near immobilization. In line with the GuerrileReina photo suite currently on display at the Gantt Center, Wanda will create a new Queen piece, one in which she allows the viewer to witness the creation of the porcelain queen, emphasizing the time consuming nature of packing something delicate in nature, sometimes to that objects very detriment.
10:00 Alexandria Smith: Amalgamations of Girlhood
Artist Alexandria Smith leads a conversation about her current work, and provides an inside look at her upcoming projects.
11:00 Endia Beal: On My Way to Work
Artist Endia Beal speaks and Terri Moore, Certified Executive Coach and Consultant, talk about Beal's current work, race, culture and the corporate workplace.
12:15 Alexandria Smith, Michaela Pilar Brown, Wanda Ortiz, Edia Beal: On Being an Artist
Moderated by Samantha Noel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Davidson College
Gantt Center members receive a discount on tickets. Please contact Aisha Strothers at email@example.com or 704-547-3787 for the discount code.
When & Where
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
Founded in 1974, Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural Center) exists to present, preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. Named for Harvey B. Gantt, the prominent Charlotte architect and community leader and former Mayor of Charlotte, the Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American art. Please visit www.ganttcenter.org