Thursday, February 27, 2020
American Aesthetic: The Clyde Burroughs Dinner/Lecture Series
Curating Unsettling Legacies
Speaker: Vera Ingrid Grant, Independent Curator
Dinner & Lecture
Deadline for dinner registration is Monday, February 24th, to accommodate catering.
Members / Students $15
6:00 pm Cocktail hour
7:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Lecture
The lecture addresses the challenges in presenting and organizing artworks/exhibitions that conceptually or visually mark historical trauma. The wide ranging sensitivities of broad audiences are juxtaposed to curating installations for specific and/or ethnically themed art venues. The lecture presents strategies for installation of thematic content regarding slavery, propaganda, and gentrification and the materiality and haptic power of specific art objects.
Vera Ingrid Grant is an independent scholar, curator, and writer. She most recently curated Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Public Square (2020); Reflections: An Ordinary Day (2019); COLLECTION ENSEMBLE –a reinstallation of the permanent collection in Alumni Memorial Hall (2019); and Abstraction, Color, and Politics (2019) for the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA); Carrie Mae Weems: I Once was a Girl (2017); Harlem: Found Ways (2017); THE WOVEN ARC (2016); and Art of Jazz: NOTES (2016) at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery at the Hutchins Center of Harvard University; and The Persuasions of Montford at the Boston Center for the Arts (2015). Grant was a fellow (2015-16) at the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL); a fellow at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2014); a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University (2012); and a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Intersectionality and Social Policy, Columbia Law School, NY (2011). Grant has an MA in Modern European History from Stanford University with a concentration in comparative studies of race and visual culture and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hamburg. Grant served as Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, and curator of modern and contemporary art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) in 2018-19. Previously, she was the founding director of the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University. She was the Associate Director for the Program in African and African American Studies (2001-2007) at Stanford University. Recent publications include: Harlem: Found Ways (2017), as editor and author of “Mobilizing Aesthetics;” Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy, as editor; and author of: “E2: Extraction/Exhibition Dynamics” (Harvard University Press, 2015); “Visual Culture and the Occupation of the Rhineland,” The Image of the Black in Western Art, Vol. 5, The Twentieth Century, (Harvard University Press, 2014); and “White Shame/Black Agency: Race as a Weapon in Post-World War I Diplomacy” in African Americans in American Foreign Policy, (University of Illinois Press, 2014).