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Learning Series Lecture:
Stirring to Struggle—Art from the 1920s to the 1940s

Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

Individual, Dual, and Friend Members

"The creators of beauty must invest their greatest efforts in the aim of materializing an art valuable to the people… to create something of beauty for all, beauty that enlightens and stirs to struggle."

Manifesto of the Syndicate of Technical Workers, Painters, and Sculptors, 1922

For the upcoming exhibition Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925–1945, teaching fellow Ayanna Dozier will discuss artists associated with Mexican muralism, the Harlem Renaissance, and the New Deal’s art programs. The conversation will illuminate how artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and others engaged the momentous cultural and political changes of their time. Focusing on this historical period, the talk will consider art’s social potential when it becomes public and collective.

Option 1: Thursday, January 30*
7–8 pm

Option 2: Saturday, February 1*
3–4 pm

Option 3: Sunday, February 9*
12:30–1:30 pm

Option 4: Sunday, February 9*
5–6 pm

Option 5: Saturday, February 29*
12:30–1:30 pm

Ayanna Dozier is an artist, lecturer, curator, and PhD Candidate at McGill University. Her dissertation, Mnemonic Aberrations, examines the formal and narrative aesthetics in Black feminist experimental short films in the United Kingdom and the United States. She is the author of the forthcoming 33 1/3 book on Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope. Currently a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney and a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, Dozier was also a 2018–2019 Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program.

Individual, Dual, and Friend members are invited to this event. For Individual members, the invitation is for one and for Dual and Friend members, the invitation is for two.

*This session has reached ticketing capacity.

The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.

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