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Department of History of Art Patrons' Circle Lecture: Tom Lloyd and the Art of Black Study

In January 1969, the electronic light sculptor Tom Lloyd became a founding member of the Art Workers’ Coalition, a group of artists and critics who pressured New York museums to be more inclusive in the range of artists they exhibited, collected, and consulted and in the publics they attracted. This talk examines Lloyd’s contributions to the group, especially his efforts to start a study center devoted to Black and Puerto Rican art and his artistic research project, the Community Artists Cultural Survey. The presentation explores more broadly how archives structure art history and histories of the disregarded. It also demonstrates how black study offers opportunities to re-envision art and cultural institutions.

Krista Thompson is the Mary Jane Crowe Professor of Art History at Northwestern University, and affiliated faculty in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Performance Studies. She is the author of An Eye for the Tropics and Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice and the co-editor — with Claire Tancons — of En Mas': Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean. Currently, she is working on Black Light, a manuscript about Tom Lloyd, electronic light and archival recovery in African American art.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, click here.

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