Backtalk: Exposures, Erasures, and Elisions of the Bryn Mawr College African Art Collection

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 12:48 pm.

Second Floor Gallery and First Floor Lobby, Canaday Library

February – May, 2015

In honor of Black History Month and looking ahead to the completion of the new Black Cultural Center on campus, Bryn Mawr College’s Special Collections and Africana Studies programs have collaborated on Backtalk, an exhibition of selected objects and selective information from the College’s African Art Collection. Showcasing 35 artworks keyed to various aspects of family, political and spiritual life, Backtalk invites viewers to engage questions of what the collection includes, leaves out, clarifies, and obscures, as well as how this collection came to be and how it functions within and beyond the College. As an exhibition, Backtalk strives to facilitate meaningful discussions about the complexity of exhibition and ownership of African cultural items.

Opening reception
On Thursday, February 5, 6–7 p.m., the community is warmly invited to a Backtalk opening reception in the Canaday Library Coombe Suite immediately before the Naomi Tutu Black History Month Keynote lecture.

Panel Discussion
On Wednesday, February 18, 6–8 p.m., a group of scholars will discuss methods for talking back, with attention to the tensions and synergies between scholarly and political discourse and the strategies deployed in Backtalk.

Creative Workshop
On Saturday, February 21, 11:30–1:30 p.m., participants will respond via writing, visual media, and/or performance to pieces/aspects of theBacktalk exhibition in a workshop led by Alice Lesnick, Term Professor of Education, Director, Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program, and Coordinator, Africana Studies. Location: Coombe Suite.

Social Media
Viewers are invited to engage virtually via a Backtalk webspace at Serendip Studio once the exhibition opens.

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