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Perspectives on Race and Representation: An Evening with the Racial Imaginary Institute

SUN, Apr 9, 2017
7:30 pm

Floor One, Kenneth C. Griffin Hall

The 2017 Biennial raises urgent questions around race, violence, the ethics of representation, and the limits of empathy. Taking the debate sparked by Dana Schutz’s painting, Open Casket, as a starting point, the Whitney is partnering with Claudia Rankine and the Racial Imaginary Institute to hold this free program. Join artists, scholars, and critics to share perspectives on these issues in relation to the exhibition and our contemporary moment.

Contributions from Elizabeth Alexander, Christopher Benson, LeRonn P. Brooks, Ken Chen, Malik Gaines, Lyle Ashton Harris, Terrance Hayes, Ajay Kurian, Christopher Y. Lew, Casey Llewellyn, Mia Locks, Claudia Rankine, Sarah Schulman, Christina Sharpe, and Herb Tam, among others.

This event has reached capacity, but will be live-streamed on Facebook. A limited number of standby tickets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line will open one hour prior to the program’s start time. 

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

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