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Community Conversations (Virtual Only): Conversation with Curator Victoria McCraven and Asmaa Walton

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free Admission; This conversation will take place on Zoom. Register to get the link. 

MoCA Westport is excited to host a virtual community conversation with the curator of It Will Go On, Victoria McCraven and the founder of the Black Art Library, Asmaa Walton. Community members will have the opportunity to communicate with the curator of the exhibition and the founder of the Black Art Library in a Q&A session following the discussion.

MoCA Westport’s newest exhibition It Will Go On poses text as a central and connective framework, highlighting artists who employ the written word as a driving component of their practice. Featured as part of the exhibition, Black Art Library provides visitors a relaxed environment to learn more about Black visual art through the pop-up library’s collection. In this one-hour conversation between Victoria and Asmaa, attendees have the opportunity to learn more about our current exhibition It Will Go On and the first New England installation of  Black Art Library.

About the Black Art Library:

Black Art Library is a collection of books and other art history ephemera on Black visual art intended to be an educational resource to share within the Black community and beyond. We intend to introduce or expand the community’s knowledge of Black art from the past and the present through art books. 

About Asmaa Walton:

Asmaa Walton is a Detroit native, arts educator and ardent developer of the Black cultural archive. Walton completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from Michigan State University in 2017. Upon earning a Master of Arts in Art Politics from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, in 2018, Walton joined Toledo Museum of Art as an Education and Engagement Intern. In the same year she was appointed the Museum’s first KeyBank Fellow in Diversity Leadership, a position where she identified opportunities for diversity and equity programming across museums and cultural institutions. In 2019, Walton was appointed Romare Bearden graduate Museum Fellow at Saint Louis Art Museum. In February 2020 Walton established Black Art Library which is a collection of publications, exhibition catalogues and theoretical texts about Black art and visual culture intended to become a public archive in a permanent space in Detroit.

About Victoria McCraven:

Victoria McCraven is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Art & Archaeology specializing in the art of the African Diaspora. Before beginning her graduate work at Princeton, Victoria worked as the programs manager at NXTHVN. In 2020, she was selected as the 27th Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and in 2019 received a US-UK Fulbright Postgraduate Award. Victoria’s curatorial projects include Black Bodies on the Cross at the Hood Museum of Art, Nuotama Frances Bodomo: Afronauts at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Christian Curiel: Between Reveries at NXTHVN. Victoria holds an M.A. in History of Art with Distinction from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a B.A. in Geography from Dartmouth College. Victoria is an Emerging Professional Board Member on the College Art Association Board of Directors.

Comment from Black Art Library founder Asmaa Walton: 

“Black Art Library was born out of the constant observations I made, while working within museums, on the lack of resources available for Black art education. This gap exists in the mainstream narration of art history. Many cultural institutions were and still are missing the mark when it comes to sharing histories around Black art and artists. I decided to build my own collection of literary works by and about Black visual artists in February 2020. As an arts educator my thought around this was that I could compile all of this information that can live in one place so people can find it much easier. Black Art Library recognizes the need for learning experiences that foreground Black narratives of art and visual culture that are often excluded from mainstream libraries and curricula, and aims to make information about Black artistry available to all. So many Black artists get lost in history and I just want to keep their stories alive and visible.”

Details

Date:
April 11
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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