In “Staging Blackqueer Lives in Anti-Black Queer Times: Visual Possibilities, Poetics and Resistance in/through Collage,” Dr. Durell M. Callier, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University, offers an analysis of Black and queer quotidian practices and artistic practices within the area of collage and visual. Fundamentally, the question of how Black and queer people are seen, remembered and honored, their lives held sacred or not within our society, is explored. To answer this question, attention is given to the ways Black communities perform embodied, visual, sonic, resistances and representations of themselves and their lives which envision anew freedom, pleasure and Black life beyond structural forces of confinement and degradation. Based in part on two mixed-media art installations, disclosure (2015) and Staging Blackqueer Possibilities (2018), this talk examines Callier's exploration into manifesting these possibilities through creating collages, reflecting upon the visual and thus spatial interventions which are made possible through critical engagements with visual art and performance.
Sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and the Amherst College Education Studies Initiative
Professor David Gloman has partnered with Kurt Heidinger, director of the Biocitizen School, to create an art event that inspires the public to imagine the unique biocultural character of the Nonotuck biome (also known as the central Connecticut River Valley) by “re-presenting” the landscapes that Orra Hitchcock depicted in the mid 19th century. Professor Gloman has located the sites where they were painted and created his own painted landscape portraits of those sites. View Gloman and Hitchcock's illustrations together in Frost Library's Mezzanine Gallery from September 4 - October 29.
The opening reception will be on September 27 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd Floor, Frost Library).