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Driskell Talk: Dr. Huey Copeland “Touched by the Mother”

February 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dr. Huey Copeland.

In this lecture, art historian and critic Dr. Huey Copeland will provide an overview of his work on and approach to modern and contemporary art, with a focus on his forthcoming collection of essays, interviews, and reviews, “Touched by the Mother”: On Black Men, Artistic Practice, and Other Feminist Horizons (1966–2016). This volume encompasses a range of practices, from the assemblages of Noah Purifoy to the photo texts of Lorna Simpson.

Just as important, in “Touched by the Mother”—a title borrowed from the work of renowned cultural theorist Hortense Spillers—Copeland will articulate how his black queer feminist method draws from various discourses in considering the intersections of race and gender, history and memory, subjectivity and sexuality, art and culture. This approach, he argues, productively expands our understanding of both art-historical practice and the aesthetic itself.

About Dr. Huey Copeland

Dr. Copeland is the 2019 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize in recognition of his contributions to the field of African American art history. Through his work as an award-winning writer and professor of art history at Northwestern University, Copeland has advanced the scholarship on modern and contemporary art of the African diaspora and the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in Western visual culture.


February 29, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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