Black Curators’ Roundtable

  • 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

Iowa City Public Library, room A
123 Linn St., Iowa City

This event marks the end of the exhibition Anonymous Donor, guest-curated by Anaïs Duplan and shown at the Figge Art Museum as a part of the Stanley Museum of Art collections-sharing program, Legacies for Iowa, sponsored by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family. Join Duplan and curators Gia Hamilton, Eileen Isagon Skyers, and Gee Wesley in a moderated conversation about their practice working in multiple exhibit, artistic, and community contexts.

Black Curators' Roundtable is organized by the Center for Afrofuturist Studies and the Stanley Museum of Art with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

An Duplan  Anaïs Duplan is a NY-based trans* poet, curator, and artist, currently working as Program Manager at Recess. He was a 2017–2019 join Public Programs Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He is the author of a forthcoming book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (2020). He is the founding curator for the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based in Iowa City.

Eileen Skyers  Eileen Isagon Skyers is an artist, writer and curator. She co-founded a migratory gallery concept called HOUSING and has worked with The Whitney Museum, David Zwirner, Rhizome, and the New Museum. Her moving image work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her first book, Vanishing Acts, was published by LINK Editions in 2015. Skyers holds an MA in Critical Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Gee Wesley  Gee Wesley is a curator born in Monrovia, Liberia, and based in New York. Wesley has held positions as Program Director at Recess; Curatorial Fellow at SculptureCenter; Curatorial Fellow at ICA, Philadelphia; and faculty in the Curatorial Practice program at MICA. Wesley is an M.A. candidate at CCS, Bard.

Gia Hamilton  Gia M. Hamilton is a Treme-based curator, speaker and scholar whose projects center around land, labor and cultural production. Her recent projects include co-curating the Atlanta Biennial in 2016; developing The Urban, a space at Art Basel with Welcome to the Afrofuture; leading development of the Joan Mitchell Center artist residency program from 2011–2018 and serving as Executive Director and Chief Curator at the New Orleans African American Museum in 2019.

Cost: Free


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