"Curating The Flag: The Art and History of For Whom It Stands"
A Presentation by Dr. Michelle J. Wilkinson,
Curator at the Smithsonian Institution's
National Museum of African American History and Culture
6:30PM, Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Franklin Patterson Hall's West Lecture Hall
Dr. Wilkinson will discuss her book and exhibition project, For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People, an investigation into the ways artists and others have seized upon the flag to narrate pride, prejudice, and protest. Wilkinson will also highlight examples of flag-related objects from the collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Ph.D. is a curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Wilkinson's research interests range from African American and African Diaspora cultural studies to architecture and design. Wilkinson spent six years as Director of Collection and Exhibitions at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore. She has curated over twenty exhibitions, including two award-winning shows: For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People and Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists. Wilkinson holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. from Emory University. She was a 2012 fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York City, and she completed a short term residency at the Design Museum in London as part of her fellowship year. She is the founder and administrator of Blk Galactic, an online platform aggregating articles, resources, images, and art about the spaces we inhabit and negotiate.
For more information on, For Whom it Stands exhibit, go to: http://www.lewismuseum.org/FWIS
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Wednesday April 5, (8pm in the Main Lecture Hall) we will host Dan Driscoll and Jason Fitzgerald at a screening of the film 'Anomalisa,' the stop motion masterpiece written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman. 'Anomalisa' was one of the first feature length stop motion films to be crowdfunded through Kickstarter and went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Dan was the Animation Director on the film and Jason was a Lead Puppet Fabricator. They will discuss the process of bringing 'Anomalisa' to life and take some questions after the screening.
Come one, come all. We hope to see you there!
Black From the Future: An Afro-Futurist Project, Featuring Photographer Justin Emmanuel
Where: Prescott Tavern
When: Friday April 7th, 6 - 8PM
Food will be provided
The artist's work will be hung in the tavern from Monday the 27th to Friday April the 7th
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HEALING: A Lilith Art Gallery/Open Mic
WHERE: Prescott Tavern
WHEN: Thursday, April 20th 6-9PM
Lilith staff member Mirabelle Espady will curate a gallery showing of pre-approved artwork that was sent in to the Lilith. Light refreshments will be served.
Holding Hands With Ilse is Abraham Ravett's documentary film about the search for the German teenage girl named Ilse that took care of him between 1948-50 in Walbrzych, Poland where he was born. Filmed in the USA, Poland and Germany.
A collection of poetry, rhythm, monologue and movement that ruptures the confines of victimhood and illuminates a spirit that cannot be broken. In a society struggling with sexual violence as an epidemic, these survivors define what true protection means, and galvanize our communities from art to action.
Performance followed by a Talkback with Company & Audience
About the performers:
Irene "I-SHEA" Shaikly (Director) is an eclectic ARTist (performance and teaching artist), a Momma, an Advocate for social systemic change, a Humanitarian sharing space on this plane. Irene "I-SHEA" Shaikly has carved her way into various musical frames integrating her multicultural background in her music, style, and presentation. I-SHEA, who calls herself "The Original Jewminican," (a Dominican and Jewish woman with an Arabic last name) is a drummer/percussionist, singer/songwriter, dancer, theater, and teaching artist originally from Bronx, NY. Coming from classical arabic records, and being the merengue, boleros, salsa, rumba, and 80's hip hop kid, I-SHEA absorbed her World while creating her own sound as a soulful hip hop/reggae/latin/World Music ARTist. She is the founder of LA FEMME EXPRESSION, an Original Jewminican Productions - bringing women/femme performance art on the platform. Building connections and community through performance art, education, and organizing, her mission is to spread the movement of universal love and truth, to continue to inspire and motivate individuals to seek their highest authentic selves through storytelling, music, movement/dance, theater, and poetry.
Kaia is an expressive arts activity coordinator, youth worker, teacher, performer, and poet. They are passionate about exploring the intersections of individual and community healing through the performance arts, creative movement and writing. They have written and performed for productions including Let the Body Speak: A Performance Project and Survivor Theatre Project, and are currently hosting Wagon Wheel Word in Gill, MA and community arts events at The Treehouse in Northampton, MA. They are planning on beginning the next leg of their journey at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana in the fall, where they will study writing as ministry/spiritual practice, pastoral care, and conflict transformation.
Monique Flynn is a working class Queer Femme from New York. She currently lives in Western Massachusetts where she has worked for the past two years as a Peer Advocate. She has a passion for social justice and a background in LGBTQ+ activism. She is a published writer, photographer, and theater performer. Monique enjoys women's roller derby, drag shows, queer burlesque, and dance. She holds a Bachelor's from SUNY Albany in Sociology and Gender Studies.
Barbara Cortez-Greig, MA, MSW, BC-DMT grew up in Los Angeles, California. She moved to the Pioneer Valley in 1999 after living overseas with her American diplomat husband and two daughters where they were posted in Paris, France; Madras, India; Ankara, Turkey; and intermittently in Washington DC. She loves the joy and camaraderie of performing, and over the years has engaged in numerous dance and theater productions in the States, on both coasts, and overseas. Since 1999 she has been affiliated with Enchanted Circle Theater as a teaching and performing artist, as well as dancing with the Lisa Leizman Dance Company. She is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist specializing in Creative Arts Therapy
Vero González is a queer femme-inist writer and teacher from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her work--both teaching and writing--is heavily informed by her experience navigating and negotiating her intersecting identities. She is the director of the ELA department at the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, which means she gets to spend her day talking about feminism, social justice, and literature with teenagers. Vero is the 2015 recipient of A Room of Her Own Foundation's Touching Lives Fellowship, and has a MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. She likes cupcakes.