In-Transit/En tránsito in Santiago, Chile: Wellesley College Faculty Exhibition & Talk

Galería Macchina, Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile. August 2014.

I’m excited to be traveling to Santiago, Chile this week to brag about my brilliant colleagues in the Department of Art, Music, and Cinema & Media Studies at Wellesley College for the opening of In-Transit/En Tránsito, organized by Chilean artist and Associate Professor of Art, Daniela Rivera. The exhibition takes place at the Galería Macchina at the School of Art at Universidad Católica from August 20 through September 23.

Participating artists include: Carlos Dorrien, Candice Ivy, Jenny Olivia Johnson, David Kelly, Nicholas Knouf, Phyllis McGibbon, Salem Mekuria, Qing Ming Meng, Andrew Mowbry, Daniela Rivera, Betsy Seder, and David Teng Olsen.

I’m also thrilled to be taking funk on the road! I’ll be speaking about my own research, “The Feminist Funk Power of Betty Davis & Renée Stout,” at Galería Macchina at the School of Art at Universidad Católica on Tuesday, August 20 at 6p.m. Musicologist Daniel Party will serve as moderator.

A summer break…

Under a Cape Cod sky…

Labor Day is approaching, which means the unofficial end to summer and a return to teaching. I’m ready. I had a busy summer. Even though I didn’t tweet or write a single entry for this site, I basically stayed on the grind, balancing writing and time home with my kids. With the help of a writing group, I managed to write entries on Radcliffe Bailey and Ellen Gallagher for an upcoming exhibition catalogue, A Generous Medium: Photography at Wellesley 1972-2012,  for the Davis Museum, a review of the 11th Havana Biennial, and an article on Betty Davis (finally!). I’ll include links to the articles when they become available.

Unlike last year when I had to pack my home to move to Wellesley, I actually had fun this summer! Three dear friends came to visit me from New Mexico and Atlanta, and I went to my first Red Sox game with them. I got to meet #2 Jacoby Ellsbury after the game!

Also, a long weekend in New York City…

The Guggenheim

A trip to Provincetown on Cape Cod…

and a stay in Martha’s Vineyard…

helped me rejuvenate, reconnect, and relax! When you’re in the midst of the grind, you don’t realize how much you need a break from it all–until you get it!

But, now it’s time to get ready for another semester. I’m continuing at that the Newhouse Center for the Humanities as a Mellon Postdoc at Wellesley College. I’m going to work away on my manuscript, and I will be teaching my class, “African Art and the Diaspora: From Ancient Concepts to Postmodern Identities.”

El Anatsui, “A Strip of Earth’s Skin” (2008)

I’m looking forward to getting back into my research and back into the classroom. Stay tuned for more posts on those topics.

Here’s to the start of another great academic year!

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