Symposium: Liquid Blackness

The liquid blackness research group, under the auspices of the Department of Communication, will be bringing a number of scholars and artists together April 11 and 12 for an open symposium on blackness and aesthetics.

Two notable scholars will be give talks: Hamza Walker, (Associate Curator, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago) and Derek Conrad Murray, (Assistant Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at UC Santa Cruz).

Friday’s activities include an art exhibition at the Mammal Gallery, as well as a performances by Gathering Wild Dance Company, T. Lang Dance, and bubba carr.

The full symposium schedule is online here.

Some of Hamza Walker’s essays can be found within contemporary art exhibition catalogs, such as:

Derek Conrad Murray’s work has largely appeared in scholarly art journals, such as NKA: Journal of Contemporary African ArtThird Text, and Art Journal.  A few highlights include:

  • “Uneasy Bedfellows: Canonical Art Theory and the Politics of Identity.” (co-authored with Soraya Murray)  Art Journal65 (Spring 2006): 22-39.
  • “Hip Hop vs. High Art: Notes on Race as Spectacle.” Art Journal 63.2 (Summer 2004): 4-19.

Georgia State students, faculty and staff may access these articles via the Library’s subscription to ArtBibliographies Modern, an art-specific research database.

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