This conversation convenes a cross generational group of curatorial arts workers to discuss the many letters written by museum staff in the wake of the recent uprisings and increasing visibility of the Black Lives Matter movement. Indira A. Abiskaroon, Dr. Kelli Morgan, and Tausif Noor have worked individually and collectively on statements directed at leadership, boards, and various institutional publics.
Though this program is rooted in the years of work each participant has done to promote a more equitable and just museum culture, the panel was inspired by a letter moderator Anni Pullagura drafted with Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Curator Michelle Millar Fisher, Tufts University Art Galleries Curator Abigail Satinsky, and artist Anthony Romero. Titled Boston Arts for Black Lives, the letter, in a summer of institutional rhetoric, thoroughly yet pithily captured the intricacies of what a museum that is truly for Black lives—and Indigenous lives and the lives of people of color—needs to address to, as the letter aptly frames, remake itself.
Indira A. Abiskaroon is a New York-based art historian and member of A Better Guggenheim. Her research focuses on classical reception in modern and contemporary art and, more recently, the function of mythology in art of the Caribbean and its diaspora. She holds a BA in Art History, Ancient Greek and Latin, and a Special Honors Curriculum from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College and an MA in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Dr. Kelli Morgan was recently associate curator of American art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries at Newfields. She specializes in American art and visual culture with a scholarly commitment to the investigation of race within that field. Prior to her role at the IMA, Dr. Morgan held positions at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University, Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 2014, she was awarded a dissertation fellowship by the Ford Foundation. She was also named the Curatorial Fellow of African American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art and became the inaugural recipient of the Winston & Carolyn Lowe Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity in the Fine Arts at PAFA in 2016. She earned a PhD in Afro-American studies and a graduate certificate in public history–museum studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Morgan served as an Exhibitions & Public Interpretation panelist at the Center in 2019.
Tausif Noor is a critic, curator, and graduate student in the Department of History of Art at UC Berkeley, where he studies modern and contemporary art with a focus on South Asia. His criticism and essays can be found in Artforum, frieze, ArtAsiaPacific, among other publications, and in catalogues for the India Habitat Centre and Karma Gallery in New York. He has curated exhibitions at various artist-run spaces in Philadelphia and previously worked at the Whitney Museum, the Imperial War Museum in London, and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Spiegel-Wilks Curatorial Fellow from 2017-20.
Anni Pullagura, a PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies and an MA candidate in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown, will moderate the discussion.
Program will be released HERE on November 24th at 6 pm
in Pursuit of Venus [infected] is Lisa Reihana’s corrective to the historical record, created in response to eighteenth-century views of the Pacific islands as presented in the historic French wallpaper Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique (Native Peoples of the South Pacific), 1804-05. Reihana reimagines the wallpaper as a vast 60-foot-long scrolling video that moves through live-action vignettes—of kava-drinking ceremonies; haka and hula dances; and the death of Cook, among others—all placed within an idealized background inspired by the original wallpaper. Included in the 2017 Venice Biennale, the powerful and spectacular work brought Reihana international recognition. This conversation serves as a preview of in Pursuit of Venus [infected], which will be shown at the David Winton Bell Gallery in the fall of 2021.
Marisa Angell Brown, Assistant Director for Programs, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities Julia Lum, Assistant Professor of Art History at Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Annawon Weeden, an educator and performer
Jo-Ann Conklin, Director, David Winton Bell Gallery will moderate the discussion
Presented in conjunction with REMAKING the real, a program of the Brown Arts Initiative
Join us for a screening of Elisabeth Subrin’s 1997 film, Shulie, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker and Kate Kraczon, Curator of the David Winton Bell Gallery, on Subrin's current project, Maria Schneider, 1983, an experimental cinematic recreation of a 1983 television interview with the late French actress Maria Schneider (1952-2011).
Staging an extended act of homage – as well as a playful, provocative confounding of filmic propriety – Subrin's 1997 film resurrects a little-known 1967 documentary portrait of young Chicago art student Shulamith Firestone, who several years later would become a notable figure in Second Wave feminism and author of the radical 1970 manifesto The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution. Reflecting on her life and times, Shulie functions as a prism for refracting questions of gender, race and class that continue to resonate.
Elisabeth Subrin is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, visual artist and associate professor of film and media arts at Temple University. Her critically acclaimed feature narrative A Woman, A Part was released theatrically in 2017. Her critically acclaimed short films and installations have screened and exhibited widely in film festivals, museums and galleries. A 2020 Fulbright Fellow, she’s currently working on a film and book project about the late French actress Maria Schneider, in light of the global #metoo movement.
Presented in conjunction with REMAKING the real, a program of the Brown Arts Initiative.
RAYMOND HOOD AND THE AMERICAN SKYSCRAPER
12:30 pm Online exhibition premiere
3:00 pm Annabelle Selldorf in Conversation
with Dietrich Neumann and Jonathan Duval
Based in New York, Selldorf was the architect of the Hay Library renovation;
she specializes in art galleries, residences, and high-rises in New York City.
As museums rush to produce virtual content during the COVID-19 crisis, many are
opting to create virtual exhibitions using apps like Smartify, online viewing platforms
such as Google Art and Culture, architectural rendering programs like AutoCAD, and
even 3D modeling software designed for real estate agents. Though we may not have a
choice between physical and virtual gallery spaces at this moment, what is gained and
what is lost as we mount our exhibitions online? Are there alternative strategies to
connect the public with our collections and exhibition programs under this “new normal” of