Race, Art, and Representation

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 3:00pmSnyder Center for the Visual Arts

Lecture and conversation with Aneeka Henderson

A recent painting of civil rights icon Emmitt Till exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in New York has ignited controversy and conversation about the representation of race in the art world. Join Aneeka Henderson, professor of sexuality, gender studies, and black studies at Amherst College, in an exploration of the historical context that has led to this controversy and how the black body has been represented historically in the visual arts. Dr. Henderson's comments will be followed by an open discussion to explore how we think about race in our visual culture, the nature of political correctness in contemporary discourse, and the nature of censorship. Please feel free to read about the current Whitney Biennial controversy beforehand as to be better informed in this discussion. There are some recent short essays in Hyperallergic, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker.

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