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Contemporary Black Artists in Museums: A French American Conversation at the Sorbonne, June 18, 2024

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The conversation will be streamed live via this link (simultaneous translation provided).

FRAME is proud to partner with the Center for Research on the English-Speaking World (CREW) at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris for Contemporary Black Artists in Museums : A French American Conversation, taking place on Tuesday, June 18, 11AM, at the Sorbonne in Paris.

In what will be the first of three panel discussions devoted to African contemporary visual artists, this inaugural discussion will bring together artsts Glenn Ligon (USA) and Emo de Medeiros (France/Benin). Open to museum professionals, academics, students and the general public, the artists will delve into their individual practices, their perceptions on issues of diversity and inclusion in the United States and France, the writing of history in the visual arts, and the definition and interpretation of culture.

FRAME and the Center for Research on the English-Speaking World (CREW) at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris are committed to cultural and artistic exchanges between France and the United States, and to the promotion of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI), To that end, FRAME and CREW will embark on a series of three artist discussions devoted to African contemporary visual artists. Taking place over the course of three years, these joint discussions will analyze strategies of historical revision-reconsideration and new narration of transatlantic history and black identity. It aims to provide a comparative examination of the methods used by artists and museums to engage with a postcolonial perspective. The project will create a space for conversations between a variety of diverse artists, museum professionals, academics and the public in general.

The event will also welcome Valerie Cassel Oliver, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Antonia Rigaud (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), who has devoted part of her research to Ligon’s work, and Philippe Dagen (Institut National de l’Histoire de L’Art), who also works as an art critic for the Le Monde newspaper and as a curator.

Contemporary Black Artists in Museums: A French-American Conversation