Fri. June 16, 6-8pm
Recently Dana Schutz’s painting of Emmett Till, Open Casket (2016), has become a focal point for speaking about cultural property, black trauma as spectacle, white privilege, and gender to touch a few points. For some of the activists, rather than calling to destroy the painting or organizing traditional protests, they stand in front of it so that one must look at them before one is able to look at the controversial painting. In this talk we’ll discuss ideas about artful protest.
Photo: People stand in protest in front of Dana Schutz’s painting of Emmett Till, “Open Casket,” on the public opening day of the Whitney Biennial, March 17, 2017. Photo by Lisa Larson-Walker for Slate Magazine.