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Apr 3, 2016, 2PM

Coffee & Conversation: Blackness and Utopia

Coffee & Conversation: Blackness and Utopia
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Coffee & Conversation: Blackness and Utopia

Coffee & Conversation: Blackness and Utopia

Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and join PennHistory of Art PhD and PennDesign MFA candidates for an intimate conversationinspired by the ICA exhibitions on view.

Patricia Kim, Penn History of Art PhD Candidate, leads a conversation about the utopian and dystopian possibilities of self-construction, world-making, and narrativization in American landscapes inspired by Rodney McMillian: The Black Show. By constructing and deconstructing different understandings of blackness, McMillian’s The Black Show brings together distant ideas by stitching together various social, racial, and economic narratives. The conversation focuses on how McMillian’s installation of videos, sculptures, and paintings create different narratives of black experiences, communities, and histories in the United States. Through a close consideration of McMillian’s subject matter and aesthetic choices, we will question the ways that Americans have constructed realities and regimes of belief that are spaces of utopia for some and dystopia for others.

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Patricia Kim is a PhD candidate in History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in the visual culture of the Greco-Roman period, interested in issues of landscape, memory, monumentality, and cross-cultural interaction. Previously, she was a Spotlight lecturer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and also works closely with the collections at the Penn Museum.