About this Event
Join us for presentations by artist Saya Woolfalk and curator Kalia Brooks in conjunction with the exhibition Abstracted Migrations: Ideas on Embodied Motion, on view in The Galleries at Moore this fall. Following their presentation, a discussion will be moderated by Deborah A. Thomas.
This event is a collaboration between The Galleries at Moore and Moore’s Socially Engaged Art MFA and MA programs. Masks are required for all attendees, per current City of Philadelphia COVID-19 guidelines for college campuses.
About the Speakers:
Kalia Brooks, PhD, is the Director of Programs and Exhibitions at NXTHVN. She is responsible for the design and delivery of curatorial exhibitions, public programs, artist projects, community engagement initiatives and the learning environment for the fellowship and apprenticeship programs. Her academic research covers art from the nineteenth century to the present, with an emphasis on emergent technologies and African American, trans-Atlantic and diasporic cultures of the Americas. Brooks Nelson holds a PhD in Aesthetics and Art Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA). She is co-editor of Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History (Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK, 2019). She has served as a consulting curator with the City of New York through the Department of Cultural Affairs and is currently an ex-officio trustee on the Board of the Museum of the City of New York.
Saya Woolfalk is a New York–based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. With the multi-year projects No Place, The Empathics, and ChimaTEK, Woolfalk has created the world of the Empathics, a fictional race of women who are able to alter their genetic make-up and fuse with plants. With each body of work, Woolfalk continues to build the narrative of these women's lives, and questions the utopian possibilities of cultural hybridity. Woolfalk is the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and commissions and has delivered public lectures at museums and universities throughout the United States including a recent TED X Talk. Her work has been exhibited throughout Asia, Europe and the United States including solo shows at SCAD Museum, Everson Museum of Art, Sheldon Museum of Art and the Mead Museum of Art, as well as group shows at the Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA PS1, the Warhol Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among many others.
About the Moderator:
Deborah A. Thomas is the R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology and the director of the Center for Experimental Ethnography at The University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Research Associate with the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre at the University of Johannesburg. Her recent book, Political Life in the Wake of the Plantation: Sovereignty, Witnessing, Repair, was awarded the Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Book Award from the Caribbean Studies Association in 2021, the Senior Book Prize from the American Ethnological Society in 2020, and was also the runner-up for the Gregory Bateson Prize in the same year. She has also co-curated exhibitions, co-directed and produced several films and prior to Thomas’s life as an academic, she was a professional dancer with the New York–based Urban Bush Women.
Image: Saya Woolfalk, ChimaCloudAccess Point, 2019. Mixed media with digital video animation, 96 x 30 x 18 in. Installation view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO. Courtesy of the artist.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Moore College of Art & Design, 1916 Race Street, Philadelphia, United States