Student Exhibition: The Politics and Art of Black Death

 Jun 01, 2015, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab in Midway Studios

929 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637

Please join us for a reception and exhibition featuring final student projects emerging from the team-taught course The Politics and Art of Black Death.  

About the course:

Today the issue of violence in and against black communities seems ever-present.  It is hard to live in black communities in the city of Chicago and not be confronted with the notion of violence and death. Whether it is the death of young black individuals such as Hadiya Pendelton, Derrion Albert, and Blair Holt or the hundreds of unnamed young black and Latino youth killed largely on Chicago’s south and west sides, there is a way in which the city seems to intimately link brown and black people to death and violence. This interdisciplinary seminar interrogated the topic of black and brown death and violence, with a focus on the politics, art, and other representations of black death. 

The Politics and Art of Black Death -- offered by The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture -- was team-taught by political scientist Cathy Cohen, filmmaker Orlando Bagwell and sculptor Garland Martin Taylor, as part of The Black Death Project, a Mellon Collaborative Fellowship for Arts Practice and Scholarship.