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On Exhibiting Angela Davis - Curatorial Roundtable on Archives

On Exhibiting Angela Davis

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29.04.2021 - Article

Curators of exhibitions on Angela Davis’s influence on the art world come together for an extensive roundtable discussion about the philosopher, feminist, and Black Power activist’s influence on exhibition makers today.

Seize the Time, 1 Million Roses, Freed by the People, All Power to the People - these are all titles of recent exhibitions on Angela Davis’s influence on the art world. The curators of these exhibitions come together for an extensive curatorial roundtable discussion about the philosopher, feminist, and Black Power activist’s influence on exhibition makers today. The panelists will also discuss their experiences with institutional and community-based archives in curating these exhibitions. Archives are connected to communities and people, and exhibitions contextualize the materials they draw from - in this case, these exhibitions benefit from a range of archives, from Germany, the U.S., and universities as well as personal archives.

Elizabeth Hinton will be talking about her exhibition Angela Davis: Freed by the People, which was on view last year at Harvard’s Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. The exhibition featured Davis’s writing, speeches, and advocacy to invite visitors to reckon with our difficult history. Combining the trove of archival materials kept at the Schlesinger Library with the Papers of Angela Y. Davis and the results of a 2020 conference, the exhibition presented a comprehensive view of Davis's life and work, from childhood to present. Kathleen Reinhardt, curator of 1 Million Roses for Angela Davis at Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden (SKD), will be focusing the East German perspective on Angela Davis’s influence, as well as the integration of contemporary artists into the exhibition. Donna Gustafson and Gerry Beegan from the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University are preparing their upcoming exhibition Angela Davis – Seize the Time (September 1, 2021-June 15, 2022) and will talk about the productive tension between the rich archive of historically grounded material relating to Davis collected by the Oakland-based activist/archivist Lisbet Tellefsen, and the work of contemporary artists who both reference Angela Davis’ historical impact and her continued importance in radical intersectional thought. Lisbet Tellefsen and René de Guzman will be joining forces to talk about their collective work on Seize the Time and All Power to the People.

Friday April 30, 2021 at 12:30 pm (EST)
For more information, visit: https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/ney/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=22181050

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