“You make the book, but then you don’t dictate how someone else reads it.” –Adam Pendleton
Read and discuss short excerpts of critical texts in this participatory reading group facilitated by Jace Clayton and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts. The texts for this series are drawn from Pendleton’s research for his exhibition Who Is Queen?
This session will focus on the text “Repetition as a Figure of Black Culture” by James A. Snead.
No prior preparation or background is necessary to participate. We will read texts together during the session. This program is free, open to all, and takes place over Zoom meeting. Registration is required and limited.
Jace Clayton, an artist and writer based in New York, is also known for his work as DJ /rupture. He is the author of Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture and was awarded a 2020 Andy Warhol Foundation Art Writers Grant to support Behold the Monkey, his upcoming book on contemporary art, faith, and social media. Clayton served as the 2018–19 Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor at Duke University and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, is currently an instructor in the Graduate Critical Practice Seminar at Yale School of Art, and has taught on the Music/Sound faculty of Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts since 2013. Clayton has performed in over three dozen countries, both solo and as director of large ensemble performances. Since 2018 his work has been exhibited internationally.
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts is a writer based in New York. She is the author of Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America, the first volume of a planned trilogy on African Americans and utopia (Harlem, Haiti and the Black Belt of the American south). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Chimurenga, Bidoun, A Public Space, Creative Time Reports, Harper's, Essence and Vogue. Rhodes-Pitts organizes public projects through The Freedwomen's Bureau, gathering collaborators across the fields of visual art, music, theater, film, and education. Rhodes-Pitts is an assistant professor at the Pratt Institute.
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