Talks & Events

Group Exhibition: Original Language @ CUE Foundation
Sep
7
to Oct 11

Group Exhibition: Original Language @ CUE Foundation

I will be sharing new work from the series, "No Humans Involved: After Sylvia Wynter" 2018.

CUE Art Foundation is pleased to announce Original Language, a group exhibition presenting the work of six artists who are invested in the relationship between language and violence. The work maps a range of responses to the paradoxical fact that while it is urgent and necessary to use language in protest, language is also routinely the very site of structural violence. 

The opening reception is Friday, September 7 at 7:00 pm.

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Group Exhibition: Punch
Sep
15
to Oct 27

Group Exhibition: Punch

Punch focuses on artists of Abney’s generation whose work raises compelling questions about the blurred lines of art today: Where do we draw the line between culture and subculture, figuration and abstraction, and the physical and the digital?

Using painting, sculpture, and photography as acts of defiance, these artists explore how they can create a hybrid practice without adhering to historical labels while portraying a society immersed in new media and pop culture. Punch presents diverse approaches to contemporary figuration that defy traditional expectations.

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Material + Meaning Conference
Oct
5
4:30 PM16:30

Material + Meaning Conference

I will be the featured speaker at this year's Material + Meaning Conference at Louisiana State University. I will give a talk on counternarratives as a form of resistance.

Material + Meaning brings together shared thematic concerns at the forefront of contemporary photographic practices. The widespread exploration of the aesthetic and physical possibilities of photography points toward a renewed understanding of the photograph as material object. We are interested in putting these investigations of the tactile and tangible in conversation with the harder-to-pin- down social and political concerns of our time. What can photography help us understand about power, truth, transparency, and reliability? We look to artists who synthesize materiality and meaning to act as stewards of interpretation and representation---framing and shaping visual culture and politics. We hope this conference will provide a platform for us to connect and reflect on these themes within our region and beyond.

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Brooklyn Talks: Claudia Rankine with Alexandra Bell and Doreen St. Félix
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Brooklyn Talks: Claudia Rankine with Alexandra Bell and Doreen St. Félix

Join Claudia Rankine, poet, playwright, and co-founder of the Racial Imaginary Institute, as she examines the often-troubled manifestations of the racial imaginary in American poetry. Her keynote address is followed by a conversation with multidisciplinary artist Alexandra Bell, best known for her public art series Counternarratives, and Doreen St. Félix, a New Yorker staff writer who writes at the intersection between culture and media, and has written incisively on Counternarratives. Bell uses the term "counternarratives" to describe her work, which investigates how images and text work together to affect the cultural imagination and narratives around race.
 

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The Merits of Micro-sabotage
Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

The Merits of Micro-sabotage

SFMOMA’s Modern Art Council invites you to the third and final panel discussion in the 2018 ArtBites series. Presented in collaboration with Airbnb Design, this special event brings together SFMOMA Barbara and Stephan Vermut Associate Curator of Public Dialogue Deena Chalabi and artists Alexandra Bell and Minerva Cuevas, to explore the ways in which art, design, and critical thinking can create new questions and disrupt the status quo.

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Radical Edits: Reassessing Cultural Narratives
Nov
12
3:00 PM15:00

Radical Edits: Reassessing Cultural Narratives

Taking Alexandra Bell’s public art project, Counternarratives, as a point of origin, the program features Bell, along with Sable Elyse Smith, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, D0UZE, and Devin N. Morris—founding editor of 3 Dot Zine—who will discuss how visual and written languages inform cultural perceptions. Through written text, video, installation, and performance, each of the participating artists seeks to negate language that perpetuates prejudices and to propose more equitable narratives.

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Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask + Discussion
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask + Discussion

Multimedia visionary Isaac Julien crafts a dreamily poetic journey through Fanon’s life and complex ideas on colonialism, black alienation, and the struggle for liberation.

Followed by Framing Fanon, a roundtable discussion with writer and activist Kazembe Balagun, artist Alexandra Bell, and cultural critic Tobi Haslett, moderated by series programmer Ashley Clark.

Tickets Available for purchase on BAM's website.

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Artist and the Archive: Deconstructing Racial Imagination
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Artist and the Archive: Deconstructing Racial Imagination

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This program will feature a discussion with Rankine and artists Hank Willis Thomas and Alexandra Bell, moderated by LeRonn Brooks, PhD. They will also explore art, activism, how TRII’s new online archive will be used by artists and writers seeking to examine important conversations on race in the U.S. and across the globe through artistic practice.

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Media Artist Talk: Alexandra Bell
Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

Media Artist Talk: Alexandra Bell

Today, Alexandra Bell may be best known for her critical media art project "Counternarratives," a series of massively enlarged New York Times articles edited to expose the media's ideological biases and racial assumptions. By posting these edits in everyday public spaces in New York City, Bell is working to reshape the public imaginary around the construction, consumption, and circulation of information. "Counternarratives demands that we reconsider the ideological patterns and social effects of the news and the politics of information more broadly.

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