Organized by Dr. Wilson—professor of contemporary art and photography at the Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island—the exhibition explores current struggles against racism and oppression and features works by Nona Faustine, Patricia Silva, Kara Walker and Emma Wolauku-Wanambwa.
Below are Dr. Wilson’s remarks on the exhibition:
We all recognize “I can’t breathe” as Eric Garner’s final desperate words, captured by his friend Ramsey Orta on a chilling cell phone video. This phrase joins others such as “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” as a rallying cry and metaphor for a new twenty-first century civil rights movement. In this exhibition we also deploy these words metaphorically. The powerful and provocative works in photography and video by Nona Faustine, Patricia Silva, Kara Walker and Emma Wolauku-Wanambwa suggest that racial and gendered embodiment intersect to produce social and psychological suffocation. But at the same time, vulnerability and bodily exposure can also be the source of agency and new meaning for artists and activists alike. The works presented in I can’t breathe point to long and complex histories of racism and oppression in order to open the way for different futures.
On view through May 14, I can’t breathe also includes an informational table of readings prepared by the library faculty as well as a photographic timeline showing the activist work by Staten Island Against Racism and Police Brutality (siaraPB).
photo: Nona Faustine, From her Body Came their Greatest Wealth, Site of Colonial Slave Market, Wall Street, 2013 (crop)
This evening at 7 PM, Dr. Harriet F. Senie, who will give a lecture about her new book, Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11, focusing on chapters devoted to the Oklahoma City Bombing (April 19, 1995) and the shooting at Columbine High School (April 20, 1999). Continue reading “Tonight: Harriet Senie on “Memorials to Shattered Myths: Remembering Oklahoma City and Columbine””
Please join us today for a symposium celebrating Dr. Long’s contributions to the field of Art History and to the Art History Program! Continue reading “Symposium in Honor of Rose-Carol Washton Long”
Please join us tomorrow (April 12, 2:30-8 PM) for “Art, Race, and Fluidity in Dominican Republic and Haiti,” a symposium convened by Abigail Lapin, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, CUNY Graduate Center. Continue reading “Art, Race, and Fluidity in Dominican Republic and Haiti”
The exhibition, curated by GC Art History student and Presidential Research Fellow Chelsea Haines, opens this evening from 6-8 PM. Continue reading “Chelsea Haines Curates “Christian Palestinian Archive: A Project by Dor Guez” at the James Gallery”
Before the Renaissance, Arab material goods—including textiles, ceramics, and glass—were more sophisticated than their European counterparts. Beginning in the 11th century, the Crusaders became aware of this region, followed by explorers and tradesmen exchanged both objects and ideas. Over time, Europeans assimilated Arab techniques, motives and aesthetics. Continue reading “Monday: Jennifer Ball to Discuss the Influence of Arab Lands on Textile Arts during the Renaissance”
This Saturday, Professor Indych-López will give a paper titled “Judith Baca’s The Great Wall of Los Angeles: A Public Art of Contestation” at the Association for Latin American Art’s Fourth Triennial Conference at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Continue reading “Anna Indych-López at the Association for Latin American Art’s Triennial Conference”
Please join us Thursday, March 17th from 2:30pm to 8:00pm for Shift: Space, Alterity, Art, a conference exploring how an image, an art object, and/or performance can not only refer to some past occurrence, but can also perform and project its agency into a world beyond its initial presentation. Continue reading “Shift: Space, Alterity, Art”
Please join us for Professor Marta Gutman’s (CUNY Graduate Center & Spitzer School of Architecture, City College) talk on “I.S. 201: Space, Race, and Modern Architecture in Harlem” (Tuesday, March 15th 5:30-7:00pm, Room 3416) Continue reading “Tonight: Professor Marta Gutman to Present Rewald Research in Progress Talk”
Middle-Eastern art expert Aileen Agopian joins in a conversation with GC distinguished professor David Joselit. Agopian, an expert purveyor of Middle-Eastern and North-African contemporary art, joined Sotheby’s in 2011.
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
March 08, 2016: 7:00 PM
Presented in partnership with New York Live Arts as part of
Live Ideas Festival: MENA/Future – Cultural Transformations in the Middle East North Africa Region.
Co-sponsored by GC Public Programs and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center.