The first Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Distinguished Lecture of the new academic year, Marking Time: Art In the Age of Mass Incarceration (Harvard University Press, 2020), with Dr. Nicole Fleetwood (Rutgers University), will discuss how her new book responds to some of the pressing topics of our times: art making, humanity and social activism. Curator of the accompanying exhibition opening at MoMA PS1 in New York this fall, Dr. Fleetwood’s presentation will be followed by a conversation with Kate Fowle, Director, MoMA PS1, moderated by Dr. Cheryl Finley, Director, Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective.
Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood is a writer, curator, and professor of American Studies and Art History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Professor Fleetwood’s books are Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Harvard University Press, 2020), On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (Rutgers University Press, 2015), and Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (University of Chicago Press, 2011). She is co-editor of Aperture magazine’s “Prison Nation,” a special issue focusing on photography’s role in documenting mass incarceration, as well as co-curator of Aperture’s touring exhibition of the same name. She has co/curated exhibitions and programs on art and mass incarceration at the Andrew Freedman Home, Aperture Foundation, Cleveland Public Library, MoMA PS1, Mural Arts Philadelphia, and Zimmerli Art Museum. Her work has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, NYPL’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, ACLS, Whiting Foundation, Denniston Hill Residency, Schomburg Center for Scholars-in-Residence, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the NEH.
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Image Credit: Mark Loughney: Pyrrhic Defeat: A Visual Study of Mass Incarceration, 2014–present