'Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration' with Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood

'Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration' with Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood

Lesley University invites the public to a free virtual lecture with 2021 MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant winner Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 5:00pm

Lesley University invites the public to a free virtual lecture with 2021 MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant winner Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. EST on Zoom. Register in advance.

Dr. Fleetwood is the author "Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration” for which she won the National Book Critics Award in Criticism, the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award in art history and the Frank Jewett Mather Award in art criticism. She is currently curating a traveling exhibition based on her new book, which recently debuted at MoMA PS1.

Dr. Fleetwood is a writer, curator and the inaugural James Weldon Johnson Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. Her work has focused on the intersections of race, justice and art. Fleetwood’s other books are “On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination” (Rutgers University Press, 2015) and “Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness” (Chicago University Press, 2011).

She is the co-editor of Aperture magazine’s “Prison Nation” issue, which explores the role of photography in documenting mass incarceration, and co-curator of Aperture’s touring exhibition of the same name. She has co-curated exhibitions and programs on art and mass incarceration at the Andrew Freedman Home, Aperture Foundation, Cleveland Public Library, Eastern State Penitentiary, MoMA PS1, Mural Arts Philadelphia, the Zimmerli Art Museum and Worth Rises. Her work has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the Art for Justice Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and many others.

The lecture is part of Lesley’s CLAS Reads, a program of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) in which all incoming students read a common text followed by a visit from the author. This year, students read three chapters from “Racism in America: A Reader” (Harvard University Press, 2020) edited by Annette Gordon-Reed. Fleetwood’s chapter, of the same title as her book, was included among the three chapters.

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