Faces, Set #4: Stephan W. Walls

A History of Refusal: Black Artists and Conceptualism

This panel explores the politics and legacy of African American artists, both of Charles Gaines’s generation and after, who use strategies of conceptual art to investigate identity, representation, and American culture. The panel also considers the impact of past exhibitions that examined black conceptual practices and questioned what constitutes a “black aesthetic.” With speakers Thelma Golden, director and chief curator, the Studio Museum in Harlem; Hamza Walker, associate curator and director of education, The Renaissance Society, Chicago; and artist Rodney McMillian.


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
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Hammer Lectures is made possible, in part, by Honor Fraser and Stavros Merjos. 

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