About: Artstuffmatters

Artstuffmatters is the project name that LaTanya S. Autry uses for her research on public culture in the arts: public art, photography, landscapes, museums, and more.  You can find Artstuffmatters on WordPress, Twitter, InstagramFlickrand Pinterest.

LaTanya S. Autry is the inaugural Curator of Art and Civil Rights at Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College. During her fellowship at Yale University Art Gallery, she curated the national touring exhibition Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom that features photography of a groundbreaking civil rights demonstration.

Through her graduate studies at University of Delaware, where she is completing her Ph.D. in art history, LaTanya has developed expertise in art of the United States, photography, and museums. In her dissertation The Crossroads of Commemoration: Lynching Landscapes in America which analyzes how individuals and communities memorialize lynching violence in the built environment, she concentrates on the interplay of race, representation, memory, and public space.

Additionally, LaTanya advocates for racial justice through the arts. She is the co-founder of The Art of Black Dissent, an interactive dialogue and community-centered art program that centers on twentieth and twenty-first century visual culture of the African-American liberation struggle.
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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Allison  |  April 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Hello La Tanya,

    I am the blogger from Art21. I have completed my posts on Detroit for now, but would be delighted to continue the conversation via email.

    My best,

    • 2. artstuffmatters  |  April 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Allison,
      Thanks for the reply and the posts you wrote. I’m sorry to hear that you won’t be writing more about Detroit. But I’m happy that I now know about Imagination Nation. I’ll have to remember to check them out in a few months to learn more about the results of their project. I just might contact you about these art organizations in Detroit. I’m very interested in the social and political implications of art. Thanks again and good luck with your work.

  • 3. Monica Octavia  |  January 28, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Hi LaTanya,

    My name is Monica Montgomery, I am a Historic House museum director, #MuseumAnarchist, and cofounder of Museum Hue. I’d like to get in touch with you about reading your recent poetic piece My Art Museum Mission at our upcoming launch on 2.20.15 at MoCADA in Brooklyn. We were so moved by it and would love to explore synergies between our work. Cheers!
    Email me directly at: museumhue@gmail.com
    Find us on Facebook / IG / Twitter @museumhue

  • 4. Val Rose  |  March 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Dear LaTanya,

    I noted with interest that you are presenting a paper on ‘Disruptive Bodies: Remembering Lynching in Public Space’ at the forthcoming SAH conference. I think this – part of your PhD research? – would make the basis for a very interesting and valuable book and would be delighted to discuss this with you at the conference. I hope to hear from you and, hopefully meet up in Chicago.

    • 5. artstuffmatters  |  March 19, 2015 at 5:34 am

      Dear Val,
      Thanks so much for reaching out to me. Yes, this research is part of my dissertation. Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, I won’t be attending the SAH conference this year. But I’d be happy to chat with you sometime if you’re interested. You can reach me by email at artstuffmatters @ yahoo.com.
      Many thanks!

      La Tanya

  • […] Check out this exhibition Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom at the Yale University Art Gallery curated by my former student, La Tanya Autry. […]


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