“…because we are only usually singular, only the one, in an extraordinariness that from one point of view obscures suffering…and rarely ‘singular’ or ‘one’ in our putatively visible suffering or vulnerability despite that being, for some, all that there is to be seen”
–Christina Sharpe In the Wake: On Blackness and Being
This symposium, to take place on October 6-7th 2017, in Haverford College’s new VCAM facility, will center on blackness and visuality. In presenting work related to historical archives, social media, fine arts and other arenas, The Black Extra/ordinary will explore the poles of black representation, which too often telescope from spectacular accomplishment to mundane suffering with little attention to all that falls between.
Beginning on the evening of the 6th with a performative keynote address by Philly-based performance artist Jaamil Kosoko, day two of The Black Extra/ordinary will bring together artists, scholars and curators, primarily from the greater Philadelphia area, to workshop new approaches to the study, curation and imaging of blackness. The second day will conclude with an artist-led walk-through of Sadie Barnette’s Dear 1968,… exhibition at Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery.
All events are free and open to the public. The Black Extra/ordinary is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Minor in Visual Studies, VCAM (Visual Culture, Arts, and Media), the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and its Tuttle Creative Residencies Program, and the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery.