Black art and activism

Panel discussion

Talks

Friday 21 April 2017
6.30 — 7.45pm

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Part of our

America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s

events programme
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Kimathi Donkor, Under Fire: the Shooting of Cherry Groce, 2005.

Oil paints on linen. 121cm x 182cm.

Join artists Sonia Boyce RA, Dr Kimathi Donkor and Jacob V Joyce, Tate Modern curator Dr Zoe Whitley and arts practitioner and academic Dr Michael McMillan as they discuss whether black artists today are expected to challenge global and national issues of race and representation.

With race relations in the UK and the USA unresolved, what is the potential agency of art in challenging racial prejudice? Could art provide an alternative to protest movements like Black Lives Matter?

Our discussion uses 1930s America as a starting point, a period when African-American artists such as Aaron Douglas and William Johnson actively engaged with issues about race. Dr Michael McMillan asks artists Sonia Boyce RA, Dr Kimathi Donkor and Jacob V Joyce and Tate curator Dr Zoe Whitley whether it is the responsibility of black artists today to challenge global and national issues of racial prejudice? Can art and spaces for art contribute to an ongoing dialogue between visual culture and activism in the context of racial prejudice? How do artists see their role? Is art an effective vehicle for protest, grief or hope?

All ticket prices include one complimentary drink at a reception following the event.

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Friday 21 April 2017

6.30 — 7.45pm

The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£12, £6 concessions. Free for carers.

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