Session one of the BLT is open to everyone. Imagining the lunch table as a discursive site where social connections are made, organizing is planned, social hierarchies revealed, and power dynamics are played out, this session will offer focused conversations on the divisions and connections that exist within our community, while also laying out new productive relationships to continue the movement for dismantling institutional racism. Dinner will be provided.
RSVP REQUIRED BY NOV 8TH, SEATING IS LIMITED.
BLT events are audio-recorded and transcribed in order to further authenticate both the community and its voices. These recordings will become part of an archive dedicated to gathering the experience and perspective of contemporary artists of color from across the country.
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The Black Lunch Table (BLT) is an ongoing collaboration between artist and UNC Assistant Professor of Art Jina Valentine and New York-based, public artist, Heather Hart. The project was first staged in 2005 at the preeminent artist residency Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The BLT has since taken the forms of audio archiving sessions, salons, peer teaching workshops, meetups and Wikipedia edit-a-thons. BLT has been hosted by Theaster Gates’ Dorchester Projects in Chicago, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Creative Time in Brooklyn, UNC Chapel Hill, Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, Project Row Houses in Houston, the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, and the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte. BLT was awarded a 2016 Creative Capital Grant, a Digital Innovation Lab Fellowship from Institute for Arts and Humanities at UNC Chapel Hill, and an Artist Community Engagement Grant from the Rema Hort Foundation. BLT has been featured in Hyperallergic, Yes!Weekly, ArtFCity, Burnaway, Artsy, and the Skowhegan Journal. Hart received her MFA from Rutgers University with studies at Princeton University and Valentine received her MFA from Stanford University.
FOR QUESTIONS contact Heather Hart & Jina Valentine at: [email protected]
Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11213