Art and Practice is a series of discussion-based seminars that bring together emerging and experienced artists to explore the challenges and possibilities of sustaining a creative life. This season is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Charles White: A Retrospective, to honor White's legacy as an influential mentor and educator.
For this session, video artist Ulysses Jenkins hosts an open discussion about the possibilities of technology as a means of asserting political agency. Participants examine the history of video as a norm-establishing technology, the weaponization of the image in the era of the 24-hour news cycle, and the ways in which video and new media artists can reclaim images to catalyze social change. Throughout the conversation, Jenkins will draw from his practice as an artist and educator to facilitate ideas about utilizing technology to disrupt the social order and promote a just future.
This program takes place in Classroom B, located on the Mezzanine level of the Cullman Education and Research Building. A reception will take place from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Ulysses Jenkins is a video and performance artist. He received his BA from Southern University and his MFA from Otis Art Institute. He is currently a professor of art at the University of California, Irvine, where he instructs video and performance art and previously served as director of the African American Studies Program in the School of Humanities. Jenkins’s work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Walker Art Center, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among others. Recent group exhibitions include Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (Tate Modern), Pursuing the Unpredictable: The New Museum 1977–2017 (New Museum), Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 (Hammer Museum), VideoStudio: Playback (The Studio Museum in Harlem), Sympathetic Magic: Video Myths and Rituals (Armory Center for the Arts), and California Video (J. Paul Getty Museum).
This program is free, but an application form is required. Once enrollment has been confirmed, each participant will be provided reading material in advance of the session. Selected participants will be confirmed for the session by September 3. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.