The Dark Room is coming…to Wellesley College on Saturday, April 11

Third Exposure SymposiumTHIRD EXPOSURE~THE DARK ROOM: RACE & VISUAL 3RD ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM on Saturday, April 11 at Wellesley College. Free and Open to the Public. See below for the full schedule.

The Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture Studies Seminar is an extended conversation concerning the intersection of critical race theory and visual culture studies. With over 40 members from 24 North American colleges and universities, we are a group of regional and institutional variety, made up of several different disciplines and departments and different professional ranks. We meet once a month during the academic year to consider the import of recent published works heavily invested in the interstices of visualities rendered through the lens of race and empire. Third Exposure is just that, our third foray into a collective intellectual engagement of this kind. #3rdExp

Email: | Twitter: @raceandvisual

Program Schedule

8:30      Registration    Collins Cinema

9:00     Welcome         

Nikki A. Greene, Assistant Professor of Art, Wellesley College


Andrew Shennan, Provost and Dean of the College, Wellesley College

 9:20-10:45 Black Lives Matter

 #AllHandsonDeck: Protest & Art/Work in the 21st Century

Olubukola Gbadegesin, Assistant Professor of Art History, Saint Louis University

 Eyes Without a Face: Inducing Compunction

Sandy Alexandre, Associate Professor of Literature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For The Record: Black Women, Police Violence, and The Politics of Image Making

Courtney Marshall, Assistant Professor of English & Women’s Studies, University of New Hampshire

Moderator: Sarah Jackson, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Northeastern University

10:45-11:00  Break for light refreshments in Collins Café

11:00-12:30  Enter the Corporeal

 Black Embodiment in 18th Century British Culture

Nicole N. Aljoe, Associate Professor of English, Northeastern University

 “Most Wonderfully Made”: The Curious Performances of Millie-Christine McKoy

Nicole Ivy, Postdoctoral Fellow Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Indiana University

Black Feminist THOT: Dance as Visual Culture

Jasmine Elizabeth Johnson, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Brandeis University

 On the Perils of Ephemeral Performance Art

Samantha Noel, Assistant Professor of Art, Wayne State University

Moderator: Moya Bailey, Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s and Gender & Sexuality Studies & the NU Lab for Digital Humanities, Northeastern University

11:00-12:30 The Politics of Location

Fifty Years Later: Revisiting Bowdoin College’s 1964 Exhibition, The Negro in American Painting

Dana E. Byrd, Assistant Professor of Art History, Bowdoin College

“When I see this image, I see myself”: Teachers Explore Race Through Kara Walker’s Post-Katrina Adrift

Folashade Cromwell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, Framingham State University

Palm Trees and Billboards: Navigating the Tropics in Art and Anthropology

Lara Stein Pardo, Faculty Fellow in the Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University

Moderator: Courtney J. Martin, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University

 12:30-2:00         Lunch on your own

Harambee House Lunch for speakers and invited students

 2:00-3:15           Keynote Address

Coco Fusco, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MLK Visiting Scholar

Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba

Introduction: Elena Creef, Professor of Women’s and Gender’s Studies, Wellesley College

 3:15-4:15           Davis Museum Self-guided | Student Gallery Talks

4:15-4:30           Break for Light Refreshments in Collins Café

 4:30-6:00           Into the Light: Dark Room Members’ Publications

Nursing Civil Rights: Gender and Race in the Army Nurse Corps (University of Illinois Press, 2015)

Charissa J. Threat, Assistant Professor of History, Spelman College

Oshun’s Daughters: The Search for Womanhood in the Americas (SUNY Press, 2014)

Vanessa Valdés, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. The City College of New York

 Domestic Disturbances: Re-Imagining Narratives of Gender, Labor, and Immigration (University of Texas Press, 2014)

Irene Mata, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender’s Studies, Wellesley College

South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015)

Marcia Chatelain, Assistant Professor of History, Georgetown University

Moderator: Kimberly Juanita Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University

Concluding Remarks Faith Smith, Assoc. Professor of African and Afro-American Studies and English, Brandeis University

6:00-7:00           Reception in the Davis Museum Lobby

Book table with Dark Room Members’ publications.

Co-sponsored by The Eleanor Edwards Fund, Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Partnerships for Diversity and Inclusion, McNeil Program for the Study of American Art, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley Centers for Women, Writing Program, and the Office of the Advisor to Latina Students

Academic Programs: Africana Studies, American Studies, Art, Cinema & Media Studies, English, History, Peace & Justice Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies.

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