Provocative Visions: Race and Identity—A Panel Discussion

The installation Provocative Visions: Race and Identity features acquisitions made during the past sixteen years (1992–2007), many on view at the Museum for the first time. The exhibition examines the ways in which seven contemporary African-American artists challenge accepted perceptions and assumptions about race, gender, and identity, and interject their own cultural heritage and personal histories into their imagery.

This panel brought together three artists featured in the exhibition, Chakaia Booker, Willie Cole, and Whitfield Lovell, and Lowery Stokes Sims, a curator at the Museum of Arts and Design. The panelists discussed the ways they work to challenge accepted assumptions about race, gender, and identity. The panel is introduced by Donna Williams, chief audience development officer, and by Lisa M. Messinger, associate curator, Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The discussion is moderated by Charles M. Blow, op-ed columnist, The New York Times.

This program was made possible by Aetna.

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