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Anderson Lecture Series Welcomes Larry Ossei-Mensah and Katie Fuller

Anderson Lecture Series Welcomes Larry Ossei-Mensah and Katie Fuller

 

Lecture Time: Tuesday, January 29, 4 p.m.  

Lecture Title: Race & Revolution: Still Separate - Still Unequal

Lecture Location: 145 HUB Flex Theatre in the HUB-Robeson Center 

 

Kicking off our spring season are curators Katie Fuller and Larry Ossei-Mensah. With them they bring their exhibition Race & Revolution: Still Separate - Still Unequal, which critically examines how school segregation is worse today than it was in the years immediately following Brown v. Board of Education. The exhibition will be on view on-campus and downtown at the HUB Gallery and Woskob Family Gallery from January 29 - April 6, 2019. For more information about the exhibition, please visit http://www.racerevolution.org/

Race and Revolution: Still Separate - Still Unequal explores school segregation in the United States since the landmark court case Brown V. Board of Education of Topeka that ruled separate but equal educational facilities unconstitutional.  Despite this ruling in 1954, the United States has yet to integrate its schools. In fact, school segregation is worse today than it was in the years immediately following Brown V. Board of Education.  By pairing contemporary art with historical documents, this art exhibition becomes a critical examination of efforts by local, State, and Federal governments to maintain or dissolve segregation. The artwork addresses how segregated schools are being experienced by students today, whether it is lack of cultural and historical representation, lack of resources and opportunities, over policing, or standardized testing. The documents and art pieces act as if in dialogue, calling out the past to address the issues of the present. 

Katie Fuller was an educator for eleven years. As a high school English teacher, she taught literature through the lens of historical events. While working in Museum Education at the New-York Historical Society she wrote curriculum and taught classes to empower young people on their civil liberties. She left teaching to curate a series that examines the less known and often unspoken histories of systemic racism in the United States by pairing contemporary art with historical narratives. Her first two exhibitions were reviewed by Hyperallergic, Vice Magazine, Artsy, ArtForum, Daily Kos, among others.  

Larry Ossei-Mensah is a Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic who uses contemporary art and culture as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. He has organized exhibitions and projects with artists at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe. In 2017, Ossei-Mensah was Critic-in Residence at ART OMI. Ossei-Mensah currently serves as the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at MOCAD in Detroit. He also is a co-founder of the 501(c)(3) ARTNOIR in addition to being a mentor in the New Museum’s incubator program, NEW INC.