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Online Learning Series Lecture: Painting, Architecture, and Public Imagination

Online, via Zoom

Looking ahead to Julie Mehretu’s upcoming Whitney exhibition, teaching fellow Ayanna Dozier will explore the relationship between architecture and art from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Alongside paintings by Mehretu, the lecture will consider works by Diego Rivera, Mark Rothko, Gordon Matta-Clark, David Hammons, and Lorna Simpson

Architectural and urban design organize the zones within which we reside, work, and interact. By shaping our space, these practices also shape attitudes and frame perception, giving rise to a shared public imagination—our sense of who belongs in or to a space. Artists who have drawn architecture into artmaking provide new ways to approach this dynamic with greater understanding and agency. When brought into the realm of art, architecture becomes charged with expansive political potential.

Option 1: Saturday, February 27
1:30–2:30 pm

Option 2: Wednesday, March 10
6:30–7:30 pm

Option 3: Wednesday, March 31
6:30–7:30 pm

Ayanna Dozier is an artist, lecturer, curator, and scholar. She recently completed her Ph.D. in art history and communication studies at McGill University. She is the author of the 33 ⅓ book on Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope. Currently a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney, she is also a lecturer in the department of communication and media studies at Fordham University.

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A 30-second online art project:
LaTurbo Avedon, Morning Mirror / Evening Mirror

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