“By Any Means Necessary: Racial Justice and Representation in the Arts”

August 28, 2019 at 11:18 pm Leave a comment

On August 8th, I shared my talk– “By Any Means Necessary: Racial Justice and Representation in the Arts” at the Portland Art Museum. The video of that presentation is now available via YouTube: https://youtu.be/MMgeLWqOSg4.

Many thanks to Mike Murawski for the invitation to speak at the occasion of the institution’s exhibition “Color Line: Black Excellence on the World Stage.”


La Tanya S. Autry, Portland Art Museum, August 8, 2019, Photo by Mike Murawski

I considered Du Bois’ “The American Negro Exhibit” at the 1900 Paris exposition through Toni Morrison’s thought. Before the week of this presentation I never put the practices of these two people together. So all of this is still in the bubbling stage which is wild and messy– I love it.

Fortunately many good Portland folks joined me in considering the ideas put forward by Toni Morrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, Gordon Parks, Lee Friedlander, Emory Douglas, Decolonize This Place, Alexandra Bell, Shawn Michelle Smith, Leigh Raiford, and more. It was quite a journey!

It was a pleasure to have this opportunity to talk about ideas and issues related to my dissertation work. This is a rare occurrence for me.
Now I’m incorporating material from this talk in my dissertation – yes!

Entry filed under: Art.

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