2023 Programs and Events

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AAAS Authors Reception

May 10, 2023, 5:30 p.m.

Join the Department of African and African American Studies and Alumni Network of Color for a special reception honoring the publication of several new books by Brandeis faculty.

Strolling in the Ruins, 2023. Duke University Press.

Artist Renee Cox dressed in armor

Artist on Artist: Lyle Ashton Harris and Renee Cox

May 9, 2023, 7 p.m.

Artists Lyle Ashton Harris and Renee Cox discuss their 1994 collaboration “Venus Hottentot 2000” and their distinct artistic practice and use of performative self-portraits to explore Black identity, sexuality, and gender in this virtual conversation moderated by Dr. Gannit Ankori, Rose Director and Chief Curator.

Lyle Ashton Harris, Venus Hottentot 2000 [in collaboration with Renee Cox], 1994. Polaroid. © Lyle Ashton Harris. Courtesy of Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn.

detail of the Shadow Work "Oracle" by Lyle Ashton Harris

Desire at the Margins: Queer Black Representation, Intimacy and Violence

April 27, 2023, 7 p.m.

In this virtual program, Brandon Callender, Brandeis University Assistant Professor of English, is joined by Fenway Health's Adrianna Boulin and Dr. Calvin Fitch in conversation to highlight the complex reality of the queer Black community and how identity places them at the crossbars of hyper-sexualization, police brutality, and societal and medical negligence.

Lyle Ashton Harris, Oracle, 2020 [detail]. Ghanaian cloth, dye sublimation prints, and artist’s ephemera. Private Collection. © Lyle Ashton Harris. Image courtesy of the artist and David Castillo, Miami.

A woman stands in front of a painting

Studio Israel with Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi

March 30, 2023, 12 p.m.

Dr. Gannit Ankori, Henry and Lois Director and Chief Curator, talks with Ukrainian-Israeli artist Zoya Cherkassy-Nnadi, about Cherkassy-Nnadi's work and artistic practice in this virtual program for Studio Israel.

Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi, 2018. Photo by Eli Pozner. Courtesy of the artist.

A collage of photographs, Polaroids, newspaper clippings, and Ephemera

2023 Spring Opening Celebration

March 15, 2023, 6 p.m.

Gather with friends, artists, and colleagues at the Rose Art Museum for a celebratory evening in honor of the new exhibition "Lyle Ashton Harris: Our first and last love."

Lyle Ashton Harris, Obsessão II, 2017 [detail]. Mixed media collage on panel. Private Collection. © Lyle Ashton Harris. Courtesy of the artist and LGDR Gallery, New York.

Frida Kahlo holding a cigarette.

Phantom Limbs: Frida Kahlo, disability and art

March 8, 2023, 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Gannit Ankori, Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator, details how the life and work of Frida Kahlo is a potent rejection of ableist discourse and affirms an alternative way of being in this virtual program.

Nickolas Muray, Frida Kahlo Doubled, 1941 [detail]. Private collection. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives. Photo by Mel Taing, 2021.

Black man with glasses.

Encore Presentations: Rick Lowe

January 25, 2023, 7 p.m.

This Encore Presentation features a 2016 conversation between artist and activist Rick Lowe and former Rose Director Christopher Bedford.

Rick Lowe, 2014. Photo by Dave Rossman.