Seasons of Loss: Racism and Resistance in the Cultural Field


Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7 PM

CP Projects Space
132 W 21st St, 10th floor, New York, New York 10011


Jack Persekian, founding director, the Palestinian Museum Kameelah

Janan Rasheed, artist-archivist, New York
Ann Laura Stoler, Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies, the New School for Social Research
Nato Thompson, chief curator, Creative Time 

Racism is a global catastrophe that is always local. Physical violence, political oppression, displacement and forced migration, imprisonment, denial of education, financial ruin, cultural and personal erasure… Blatant or inflicted more subtly, racism has never left humanity, and it is ever more visible as a scourge of societies at a time when the technologies of the visual allow for the constant visualization and recording of atrocities. This is also a time in which global artistic interest has turned increasingly toward social critique, with art now a continual witness and a commentator on violence and repression—and in turn the victim of repression itself. This distinguished panel speaks directly to the currency of racism’s path of ruin and forms of cultural resistance to it, whether within the purview of Black Lives Matter, the BDS Movement or the continuance of colonialist behaviors that target Africans, Arabs, Jews and other victimized populations, who have also historically been oppressors themselves. These will be among the issues of this panel’s discussion.

Steven Henry Madoff, chair, MA Curatorial Practice, will moderate the discussion.