Talks & Events
I will be joining Josh Begley and Autumn Womack in conversation about the role of visual storytelling in confronting past and present forms of racial violence and the relationship between contemporary art and social justice activism.
This panel is part of the symposium The Legacy of Lynching: Art and Practice, which brings together scholars, artists, activists, and curators for a conversation on the history of lynching, antiracist activism past and present, and the role of contemporary art in visualizing and confronting racial violence.
Drawing on the Equal Justice Initiative’s long-term effort to research, document, and memorialize victims of lynching, this symposium is hosted in conjunction with Haverford’s Cantor-Fitzgerald Gallery and the first traveling iteration of EJI’s exhibit “The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America,” on display from October 26, to December 16, 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Humanities New York invites you to converse with a dynamic panel of writers, artists, and community organizers as we examine the role social movements have played in American history and that they continue to play in the present moment.
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.
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.
This event, developed by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics in dialog with Sondra Perry, brings together the work and voices of activists, artists, cultural critics, and public intellectuals to consider how art and activism are shaping one another as visual materials that are recontextualized and recirculated at increasingly accelerated rates.
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.
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.