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Black Lunch Table: Roundtable Conversations
October 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
As part of its CIRCA Presents series, the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts presents Black Lunch Table over a series of three Fridays:
• Friday October 2, 12 – 1 p.m.: Artist Talk and discussion, Webex event
• Friday October 9, 1 – 4 p.m.: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, Meetup page
• Friday October 16, 12 – 1:30 p.m.: Roundtable Conversations, featuring a custom menu created by Baltimore interdisciplinary artist Krystal Mack — register to participate
For CIRCA, Black Lunch Table(BLT) will host one of their signature Artists Roundtables, inviting Black artists to roundtable discussions, and two People’s Tables, inviting participation from all community members. The roundtable conversations will be audio recorded, transcribed, and metadata tagged for integration into their growing online archive. The archive is an aggregator, cross-pollinating discourse among many individuals and institutions. Space is limited and registration is required.
Black Lunch Table’s primary aim is the production of discursive sites, wherein artists and local community members engage in dialogue on a variety of critical issues. BLT mobilizes a democratic rewriting of contemporary cultural history by animating discourse around and among the people living it. First staged in 2005 at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture artist residency, the project has grown by way of contributions from and collaborations with artists, digital humanities researchers, and Wikipedians. BLT currently includes two roundtable series, an online oral history archive, and a Wikipedia initiative. Much like its creation of physical spaces that foster community and generate critical dialogue, BLT creates a digital space for art, Black studies and social justice issues.
Heather Hart is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York exploring the power in thresholds, questioning dominant narratives and creating alternatives to them through viewer activation. She was awarded grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, NYFA, and Harpo Foundation. Hart’s work includes exhibits at Storm King Art Center, The Kohler Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Greensboro, NC, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, University of Toronto and a collaborative show at The Drawing Center. She studied at Skowhegan, Whitney ISP, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Princeton University in New Jersey and received her MFA from Rutgers University.
Jina Valentine is currently an Associate Professor in Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her interdisciplinary practice is informed by the intuitive strategies of American folk artists and traditional craft techniques, and interweaves histories latent within found texts, objects, narratives, and spaces. She has exhibited at venues including The Drawing Center, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the CUE Foundation, and the Elizabeth Foundation. She has been awarded grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Art Matters, and the Graham Foundation. Jina received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA from Stanford University.
Krystal Mack is an artist, advocate, organizer, and cook based in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. She approaches comestibles, their creation, and experiences centered on them, as tools for social change. Viewing food through the lenses of sociology and healing allows Krystal to juxtapose cultural exchange and storytelling with systemic power and oppression, self-care with blind self-destruction, and womanism with feminism. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine, and NPR. Connect with her on Instagram: @krystalcmack
CIRCA Presents BLT events are made possible with additional support from the Department of Visual Arts.