This lecture explores the themes of self-determination and resistance in art made by African Americans over the last century. From the Harlem Renaissance (New Negro Movement), to the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power period, from Hip Hop to Black Lives Matter—artists across time and medium have used visual art as means to express dignity and humanity, and to inspire radical change. This ARTalk features Stephanie Sparling Williams, Ph.D. who is a black feminist theorist and an Associate Curator at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. Her scholarly work is invested in American, African American, and African/Diasporic art and culture. Her book Speaking Out of Turn: Lorraine O'Grady and the Art of Language is forthcoming from the University of California Press (2021).
ARTalks are dedicated to exploring the creative process through a series of lectures, films, and workshops that focus on art, architecture, and design. This program is co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and The Ridgefield Library.
Top image: Faith Ringgold, ACLU Justice Equality Liberty and Democracy, 2012