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Centering Black Women: A Conversation About Art and Organizing

Giverny I (NÉGRESSE IMPÉRIALE) by artist Ja’Tovia Gary (American, b. 1984) remains on view at the Memorial Art Gallery until August 23. Using archival images to show how connections between colonialism, state violence, and media affect visual perception, Gary’s work probes how we see, experience, and understand the visual world.

Gary is an American artist and filmmaker whose work investigates the ways in which visual and media cultures shape our perceptions around race, gender, and specifically Blackness. In the crossroads of the current global pandemic and the growing movement for Black lives triggered by the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others,

Gary’s centering of her experience as a Black woman in connection to art history is particularly relevant to examine. MAG Time-Based Media Curatorial Assistant Almudena Escobar López, independent curator and writer Dessane Lopez Cassell, and artivist and cultural curator Rachel DeGuzman will discuss the importance of centering Black women’s voices in the current political context both nationally and locally, in the contexts of both art and political organizing.

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shown (top left to bottom right): Dessane Lopez Cassell by Henry Murphy, Ja'Tovia Gary, Rachel DeGuzman, Almudena Escobar López

Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Lectures and Talks, Arts and Entertainment


General Public, Faculty, Students, Staff


Memorial Art Gallery
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(585) 276-8900

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