Lecture and Workshop with Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims: March 1-2, 2012

03/01/2012 04:00
03/02/2012 12:00
Lowery Sims

Lecture and Workshop with Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims

Lecture: “How to Organize a Global Exhibition on Africa”
Thursday, March 1, 2012
4:00 PM
Room L140, Evehjem Building, Chazen Museum of Art

The Global Africa Project, organized in 2010 by the Museum of Arts & Design focused on aspects of design and art by individuals working in Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States and the Caribbean. The exhibition challenged presumptions of what constitutes an “African” style or aesthetic by focusing on the inherently migratory nature of identity as it plays out in contemporary society. In addition the exhibition examined the rapid and pervasive interchange in contemporary practice and sought out the rich pool of new talent that is emerging from the African continent and from Africans working across the globe. This lecture will examine the curatorial process involved in conceptualizing and realizing a project that included over 100 creators from over 40 countries. By including work by designers, craftsmen and artists working both in traditional or contemporary modes the exhibition challenged the usual distinction made between “professional” and “artisan” in the art market. It also highlighted the economic and social issues navigated by these artists as they negotiate their careers both “in-country” and outside mainstream center and on in the global arena, and illuminate how these creators are able to engage the contemporary art market in inventive and provocative ways.

Graduate Workshop: “Beauty, Fashion, and Presentation: Factor Black”
Friday, March 2, 2012
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Room 120, Evehjem Building, Chazen Museum of Art
(Please note: Room 120 is on the first floor of the Evehjem Building, accessible through through the south entrance of the old building on University Avenue.)

**Workshop attendance by registration only. Contact cvc@education.wisc.edu for registration and advance readings.**

This discussion will engage students in the increasing presence of Africans and African-based concepts in fashion and design. It will ask students to consider issues of cultural authenticity versus cultural fusion and how their own experience of contemporary American culture is impacted by these issues. It will also engage them in the real relationships between art and craft and design in contemporary creativity.

Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims is Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. From 2000-2007 she was president and curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem and from 1972-1999 was on the educational and curatorial staff of the Modern Art department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While at the Metropolitan, Sims curated over forty exhibitions, many reflecting an interest in African American and women artists. She has written extensively on African, Latino/a, Native and Asian American artists and taught art history, curatorship, and art criticism at Bard College and Queens College, among others. She is a noted specialist in the field of Euro-American African Art, with particular emphasis on the work of Wilfredo Lam. In addition to authoring numerous significant catalog essays for the Metropolitan, she has been a frequent contributor to such periodicals as Artforum and Arts Magazine.

Dr. Sims's visit is sponsored by the Anonymous Fund, the Global Studies/International Institutes Seminar Series, the Department of Art History, the Department of Afro-American Studies, the Art Department, the African Studies Program, and the Gender and Women's Studies Research Center.