Apr 14, 2022, 6PM–7:30PM

The Institute of Contemporary Art and the Stuart Weitzman School of Design Lecture Series: Jamal Batts

Photo by: Joseph Frantz.

The Institute of Contemporary Art and the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to join in a partnership in a series of free public lectures bringing together a group of distinguished architects, landscape architects, planners, artists, and preservationists to Philadelphia.

Jamal Batts, PhD is a curator, writer, and scholar. His dissertation project, Immoral Panics: Black Queer Aesthetics and the Construction of Risk, reflects on the relation between black queer contemporary art and the intricacies of sexual risk from the early HIV/AIDS crisis to the present. His writing appears in the catalogue for The New Museum’s exhibit Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, Open Space, ASAP/J, New Life Quarterly, and SFMOMA’s website in conjunction with their Modern Cinema series. He is a 2020 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Scholar-in-Residence, a Center for Curatorial Leadership Mellon Seminar Member, 2020 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow, and a ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives LGBTQ Research Fellow. He is a member of the curatorial collective The Black Aesthetic who have organized four seasons of black experimental film screenings in the Bay Area and produced three edited collections of critical essays, poetry, and visual art. In 2019 he served as the SFMOMA Summer Curatorial Intern in Contemporary Art where he curated film screenings and conducted artist discussions for the exhibit SOFT POWER. He is currently a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley’s Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies.



Captioning will be available for this program.

Please contact Robert Chaney, Marc J. Leder Director of Curatorial Affairs, at rchaney@ica.upenn.edu with any questions.


Programming at ICA is made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation. Public and Student Engagement at ICA is supported by the Bernstein Public Engagement Fund, Suzanne Weiss Doft & Jacob W. Doft, Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan, Alexandra Nash, and by Dana McDonald Strong & Mark W. Strong.