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Monday, January 22, 2018 7:00 PM
Monday, February 19, 2018 7:00 PM
Monday, March 19, 2018 7:00 PM // 202 S. Thayer Building (Atrium)

FRAME: A salon series on visual art, performance, and identity

Photo credit: Ebony Patterson

The U-M Institute for the Humanities and UMS will offer a series of open dialogues around contemporary visual art, performance, and identity.

Artwork above: Ebony G. Patterson, …and babies too…, 2016, mixed media jacquard tapestry with digitally-embroidered appliqués, hand-embellished cast glass shoes, and toys, 120 x 58 x 10 inches. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Discussions will be hosted by Detroit-based performance artist and U-M alumna Jennifer Harge and by art critic, curator, and co-founder of ARTS.BLACK Taylor Renee Aldridge. Harge, Aldridge, and a panel of discussants will attend performances from the UMS season, as well as exhibitions at the U-M Institute for the Humanities. In open discussions, they will respond to the exhibitions and performances, exploring how visual art and performance can be used as a tool for disrupting, organizing, lamenting, and building counter-narrative in response to the status quo.

January 22 Session and Participants

Disrupting the Frame:
Urban Bush Women and Ebony Patterson center questions of gender identity

Michael Awkward is the Gayl A. Jones Professor of Afro-American Literature and Culture at the University of Michigan. The author of six books, his work has focused on representations of race and gender in 20th and 21st century black American expressive culture. He is currently writing a book exploring the challenges of depicting Emmett Till and other black American boys famously murdered or psychologically mangled in his wake when crucial truths concerning their lives and deaths remain frustratingly elusive.

Jillian Walker is an award-winning writer and cultural leader with a passion for creating seismic cultural shifts. Her theatrical work bends genre and ruminates on “non-traditional” themes to deliberately disrupt the status quo and dig for a path to collective liberation. Named “one of New York City’s most exciting playwrights” by the Bushwick Starr in 2016, her latest work, SKiNFoLK: An American Show, appeared in 2017 ANT Fest (aka All New Talent Festival) at Ars Nova. Her first play SARAH’S SALT. is the winner of the Columbia@Roundabout Reading Series. Offstage, Jillian has worked with organizations such as the Brooklyn artspace JACK helping to facilitate their year-long series ‘Reparations365,’ the New England Literature Program, where she taught transcendental literature, poetry and Shakespeare, and the Columbia School of the Arts, where she created and facilitated self-care workshops for fellow graduate students and earned her MFA in Dramaturgy. Jillian is the recipient of the 2017-18 UMS Education and Community Engagement Research Residency to develop her new play, Tignon, at The University of Michigan and is Associate Curator of the 2017-2018 Starr Reading Series at the Bushwick Starr. In addition to developing Tignon this year, Jillian is also Dramaturge on the new play, Thoughts of a Colored Man… directed by Taye Diggs.

Presented in collaboration with Harge Dance Stories, ARTS. BLACK, U-M Institute for the Humanities, the U-M Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs.

Free Event

Monday, January 22, 2018 7:00 PM
Monday, February 19, 2018 7:00 PM
Monday, March 19, 2018 7:00 PM, 7-8:30 pm // 202 S. Thayer Building (Atrium)
FRAME: A salon series on visual art, performance, and identity

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1/22/18 7:00 PM
2/19/18 7:00 PM
3/19/18 7:00 PM

202 S. Thayer Building (Atrium)

FRAME: A salon series on visual art, performance, and identity

Free Event
DETAILS

The U-M Institute for the Humanities and UMS will offer a series of open dialogues around contemporary visual art, performance, and identity.

Artwork above: Ebony G. Patterson, …and babies too…, 2016, mixed media jacquard tapestry with digitally-embroidered appliqués, hand-embellished cast glass shoes, and toys, 120 x 58 x 10 inches. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Discussions will be hosted by Detroit-based performance artist and U-M alumna Jennifer Harge and by art critic, curator, and co-founder of ARTS.BLACK Taylor Renee Aldridge. Harge, Aldridge, and a panel of discussants will attend performances from the UMS season, as well as exhibitions at the U-M Institute for the Humanities. In open discussions, they will respond to the exhibitions and performances, exploring how visual art and performance can be used as a tool for disrupting, organizing, lamenting, and building counter-narrative in response to the status quo.

January 22 Session and Participants

Disrupting the Frame:
Urban Bush Women and Ebony Patterson center questions of gender identity

Michael Awkward is the Gayl A. Jones Professor of Afro-American Literature and Culture at the University of Michigan. The author of six books, his work has focused on representations of race and gender in 20th and 21st century black American expressive culture. He is currently writing a book exploring the challenges of depicting Emmett Till and other black American boys famously murdered or psychologically mangled in his wake when crucial truths concerning their lives and deaths remain frustratingly elusive.

Jillian Walker is an award-winning writer and cultural leader with a passion for creating seismic cultural shifts. Her theatrical work bends genre and ruminates on “non-traditional” themes to deliberately disrupt the status quo and dig for a path to collective liberation. Named “one of New York City’s most exciting playwrights” by the Bushwick Starr in 2016, her latest work, SKiNFoLK: An American Show, appeared in 2017 ANT Fest (aka All New Talent Festival) at Ars Nova. Her first play SARAH’S SALT. is the winner of the Columbia@Roundabout Reading Series. Offstage, Jillian has worked with organizations such as the Brooklyn artspace JACK helping to facilitate their year-long series ‘Reparations365,’ the New England Literature Program, where she taught transcendental literature, poetry and Shakespeare, and the Columbia School of the Arts, where she created and facilitated self-care workshops for fellow graduate students and earned her MFA in Dramaturgy. Jillian is the recipient of the 2017-18 UMS Education and Community Engagement Research Residency to develop her new play, Tignon, at The University of Michigan and is Associate Curator of the 2017-2018 Starr Reading Series at the Bushwick Starr. In addition to developing Tignon this year, Jillian is also Dramaturge on the new play, Thoughts of a Colored Man… directed by Taye Diggs.

Presented in collaboration with Harge Dance Stories, ARTS. BLACK, U-M Institute for the Humanities, the U-M Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs.

FREE EVENT

Monday, January 22, 2018 7:00 PM
Monday, February 19, 2018 7:00 PM
Monday, March 19, 2018 7:00 PM, 202 S. Thayer Building (Atrium)
FRAME: A salon series on visual art, performance, and identity

PERFORMANCE DAY:

January 2018
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