2015 Summer Sessions at Interference Archives

Up Coming Session:

July 25th, 4-6pm
Session 3: ‘Artists of Color and Global Issues’ (2000–present)
For the final session of the Artist of Color Art & Activism Timelines workshop at Interference Archives we will be covering new territory, 2000–present. So instead of beginning the session with an overview of the decade as we’ve done in the past, this session will be open format prompted by several contemporary topics. As a group we can decide which we want to explore further.



Melvin Edwards

Melvin Edwards

Has the reception for the work by Artists of Color changed since the 60s?

Has the reception for work by artists of color changed since the 60s? What can be said about grounds in which modern art and much of western history of art is situated relation to racism, colonialism/capitalism, and sexism. Furthermore, how is this used to justify claims made contemporary art critics and historians? In 2012, NYTimes art critic Ken Johnson’s wrote a problematic review of ‘Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles’ Curated by Kellie Jones. Many artists, historians, and critic protested against his remarks. What can we gain into the state of racism in the arts by reading his review and others’ response? (I’ve chosen only two points form which to begin, but I encourage others to dig deeper and explore other view points by people of color.)

OpEd: Here we go again!: Ken Johnson’s Art Review “Forged From the Fires of the 1960s: Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles,” at MoMA PS1
By Bridget R. Cooks. Association for Critical Race Art History, December 31, 2012



Forged From the Fires of the 1960s
‘Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles,’ at MoMA PS1
By Ken Johnson. New York Times, October 25, 2012



Left-Invisible Childrens Jason Russell. Right, a protest leader in Lagos, Nigeria Facebook/AP

Left: Invisible Children’s Jason Russell. Right: a protest leader in Lagos, Nigeria Facebook/AP

White-Saviors, White Privilege, and White Allies

The White-Savior Industrial Complex
by Teju Cole. The Atlantic, March 21, 2012


12 Ways to Be a White Ally to Black People
By Janee Woods. The Root, August 19, 2014


Ally Bill of Responsibilities
by Dr. Lynn Gehl, Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe


TIme - Neoliberal feminism bell hooks on Sheryl SandbergThe Neoliberal Quagmire

Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In
by bell hooks October 28, 2013

Recognizing Racism in the Era of Neoliberalism
The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues
 by Angela Davis, City Lights 2012.



All Summer 2015 Sessions at:

Interference Archives
131 8th Street, #4
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(2 blocks from F/G/R trains at 4th Ave./9th St.)

Registration is suggested. Please RSVP to classes@interferencearchive.org,
and indicate which session(s) you would like to attend.


Previous Sessions:

Session 1: Saturday, May 30th, 5-7pm
From Civil Rights to Artists Rights (1960s & 1970s)

Session 2: Saturday, June 27th, 4-6pm
The Culture Wars (1980s & 1990s)