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Blackface Imagery and Its Answers: Stereotyping from the Early Civil Rights Era to the Obama Era

Dates: One-Day Seminar
6/28/10 - 6/28/10
Monday 7:00pm
Meeting Times: Monday: 7-9 pm
Code: 10SSE06


Course Description

Writer Thulani Davis will present a lecture on the cycles of call-and-response to generations of repeated, reworked, and "reloaded" visual stereotypes of African Americans from their early days in print, regeneration in movies, and new life on the internet. She will discuss how to read the images of objects designed to "serve" the viewer, such as common kitchen items depicting black faces, and show black responses to such imagery and how they in turn are recycled into new blackface. A global phenomenon since the turn of the 20th century, visual stereotypes have been used to promote colonization, immigration, products of all kinds, and the politics of inequality.

Thulani Davis is a journalist, playwright, and author of several books. Her most recent book, My Confederate Kinfolk explores her black and white ancestors' lives around the time of the Civil War. Her other works include two novels, 1959 and Maker of Saints, several plays, and the scripts for the films Paid in Full and Maker of Saints. She has also written several award-winning PBS documentaries, and libretti for several operas. Davis has taught at Barnard College, Princeton University, and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She is a past recipient of a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Writers Award, a PEW Foundation National Theatre Artist Residency, and a Charles H. Revson Fellowship on the Future of New York City. She is a 1993 Grammy winner. Davis was educated at Barnard College, Columbia University, and New York University. She is currently a PhD candidate at New York University.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

This event will be held at the ICP Museum, 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street.


$5.00 | Members $0.00

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