2017 Programs

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017

Alternative Facts

Participants:
Edgar Arceneaux
Leong Leong
Martine Syms

MODERATOR:
Juanita Moore

6:30 PM RECEPTION / 7 PM DIALOGUE
The Jam Handy
2900 E Grand Blvd, Detroit

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The upheaval of the 2016 Presidential Election and the Brexit referendum revealed a fractured society. With social discourse atomized via political antagonism and personalized news feeds, common discourse is in peril. However, the disintegration of the mainstream amplifies voices which were once marginalized. The participants in this discussion explore different versions of history, ways of existing in America today, and possibilities for the future.

Free on street parking. Each dialogue is free and open to the public.

Participants

Frank Lawson As Ben Vereen As Bert Williams, 2017
"Until, Until, Until..."
Photo credit: Paula Court and Performa
"Until, Until, Until..."
Photo credit: Paula Court and Performa

Edgar Arceneaux (b. 1972 in Los Angeles) lives and works in Los Angeles. He was the director of the Watts House Project from 1999-2012. Solo exhibitions of his work have been mounted at the List Museum at MIT, Cambridge; Kunstverein Ulm, Germany; Kunstmuseum Basel; the Studio Museum Harlem, New York, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. He has been included in the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and in group exhibitions at Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Orange County Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, amongst others. Upcoming exhibitions are at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and The Baltic Center, England.

Frederick, 2017, 13th Sharjah Biennial.
Courtesy Leong Leong
TOPO, 2016, Manhattan, New York.
Courtesy Leong Leong
Yangon Block Garden, 2017, Yangon, Myanmar.
Courtesy Leong Leong

Leong Leong (founded by Christopher & Dominic Leong) is an award-winning design rm based in New York. Over the past several years, Leong Leong has been increasingly focused on projects that envision new relationships between culture and commerce, public and private, gure and eld, domestic and monumental, diagram and effect.

Leong Leong’s design process and research is driven by a curiosity for new organization typologies and aesthetic experiences, which offer new ways of living, working, and playing with one another. Frequently expanding the role of the architect with a diverse staff of designers and researchers, Leong Leong’s approach spans between strategic thinking and material experimentation, from the city to the artifact.

Leong Leong’s work includes a wide range of projects and scales including buildings, interiors, exhibitions, and furniture, with completed projects in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Venice, and Napa Valley.

Photo by Manfredi Gioacchini
S1:E1 installation, 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience New Museum, 2015. Photo by Benoit Pailley
The Queen’s English, 2014, exhibition and reading room, installation view
Vertical Elevated Oblique, 2015. Photo by Marc Brems Tatti

Martine Syms uses video and performance to examine representations of Blackness and its relationship to American situation comedy, Black vernacular, feminist movements, and radical traditions. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively, including presentations at the New Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, MCA Chicago, Green Gallery, Gene Siskel Film Centre, and White Flag Projects. She has lectured at Yale University, SXSW, California Institute of the Arts, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, and MoMA PS1, among other venues. Syms’ recently presented exhibitions include Borrowed Lady, SFU Galleries, Vancouver; Fact and Trouble, ICA London; COM PORT MENT, Karma International, Los Angeles; and Vertical Elevated Oblique, Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York. From 2007-2011 she was the co-director of the Chicago artist run project space Golden Age, and she currently runs Dominica Publishing, an imprint dedicated to exploring blackness in visual culture. She is the author of Implications and Distinctions: Format, Content and Context in Contemporary Race Film (2011). Her first US solo museum exhibition, Projects 106: Martine Syms, is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from May 27 through July 16, 2017.

Moderator

Juanita Moore is a museum professional with 40 years of experience, having served as a curator, educator, administrator and museum planner with three national museums. Moore is the current President & CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit, MI). Prior to assuming her current post, she served as Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum and the Gem Theater located in the 18th & Vine Historic District (Kansas City, MO).

Moore served as founding Executive Director of the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN). In that capacity, Moore oversaw the construction and opening of the museum located at the Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prior to Memphis, Moore spent several years planning and subsequently opening the National African American Museum and Cultural Center (Wilberforce, OH). As a senior member of the planning team, she was pivotal in developing a strategy and concept for building a nationally donated collection.

Moore began her career with the Ohio Historical Society, where she served as the first African American curator. She also served as Director of the Kuumba Na Nia Dance and Theatre Company. In 2014, the Association of African American Museums presented Moore with the Dr. John E. Fleming Award for lifetime achievement.