Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity
An Artist Talk with E. Patrick Johnson
February 27, 2012
6:00pm – 8:00pm
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 South Columbus Drive
E. Patrick Johnson is Professor, Chair, and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. A scholar/artist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality, and performance. His book Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity has won several awards, including the Lilla A. Heston Award and the Errol Hill Book Award. He co-authored with Mae G. Henderson, Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology. Johnson is currently performing Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Stories, based on excerpts from his book Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History. The narratives were collected between 2004 and 2006 from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South. The men hail from fifteen different states and range in age from 19 to 93.
12/8/11, 6-7 p.m.Morton Auditorium
TODAY! Artist Talk—Matt Keegan
Exposure: Matt Keegan, Katie Paterson, Heather Rasmussen
Matt Keegan’s site-specific installation grew out of the artist’s longstanding fascination with cities. Focusing on Chicago and New York, Keegan creates a meandering visual conversation with sculptures, annotated artist’s books, and seemingly random photographs mounted on sheet-metal panels painted the standard-issue color of municipal bridges in Chicago. These works remind us not only of the constant dialogue between the cities but also their constant flux. http://www.artic.edu/aic/calendar/event?EventID=9398
Uta Barth Artist Talk
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Fullerton Hall, The Art Institute of Chicago
Please use the Michigan Avenue Entrance
Photographer Uta Barth provides an overview of her career, from her early work to her most recent series, …and to draw a bright white line with light., debuting the same day in the Modern Wing.
Since the early 1990s, Uta Barth (German, born 1958) has focused insistently on visual and photographic perception. Observing the incidental and atmospheric becomes, for Barth, a subject in and of itself. She is less interested in what the camera is pointing at than in guiding the viewer’s attention to the fundamental act of looking. Her newest series, …and to draw a bright white line with light., was created for this exhibition, and will be contextualized by two earlier series that engage in such attentive looking.
The exhibition will be on view in the Bucksbaum Gallery (188-189) through August 14, 2011. For more information, please follow this link: http://www.artic.edu/aic/exhibitions/exhibition/utabarth