RE: Ebony and Jet

February 17, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As a complement to Lorna Simpson’s use of Ebony and Jet magazines, this RE: takes interest in the role of these preeminent publications in Black visual culture and media. Moderated by art historian and curator Dr. Bridget Cooks, this program will take the format of a public seminar and community celebration. Cooks will provide context and facilitation, which will invite contributions from both invited guests and the general public in response to the question: What do Ebony and Jet mean to you? Participation with a range of voices are welcome, including scholars, artists, historians, journalists, and readers of Ebony andJet.A reception and art-making station will be available following the event.

Moderator Bridget Cooks will play the role of creating the container and the orientation to the space. She opens the program with a mini-lecture (20 mins) that sets up conversations around:

●Lorna Simpson’s work, contextualizing Heads as one of many contemporary art series that feature Ebony and Jet

●Getty Research Institute’s African American Art History Initiative and the Getty’s holdings of the Johnson Archives

●Celebration of Black visual culture while bearing in mind critique

Presented in collaboration between the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity at Washington University in St. Louis.

Registration information is forthcoming.