Date & Time:
Wed April 20, 2022
6 PM-7:30 PM
The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Open to the public, online
About the Program
This conversation focuses on a case study of the exhibition, Reckoning with “The Incident”: John Wilson’s Studies for a Lynching Mural. The panelists explore considerations around its presentation, campus and community engagement, and programmatic strategies at three academic art museums located in different regions of the country.
With Maurita Poole, Director of the Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University, former Director and Curator of the museum at Clark Atlanta University; Molleen Theodore, Associate Curator of Programs, Yale University Art Gallery; and Tilly Woodward, Curator of Academic and Community Outreach, Grinnell College Museum of Art.
Moderated by Lucy Mensah, Assistant Professor of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Art & Art History.
Tilly Woodward, curator of academic and community outreach at Grinnell College Museum of Art, has been leading innovative programming and building relationships with campus and community partners since 2007. She collaborates with stakeholders to design and implement a full range of interdisciplinary classes, programs and events in the museum, throughout campus and in the community, connecting with a wide range of academic, non-academic and neurodiverse audiences, including pre-K, K-12 and college students and educators, through seeing, thinking, talking, listening, making and writing. She also leads a team of student interns who expand GCMoA’s outreach on campus and in the community. Tilly graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the University of Kansas.
Lucy Mensah is an assistant professor of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research and teaching interests cover critical museology in the African diaspora, alternative curatorial practices, and exhibition writing. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University and an M.A. in Literary & Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. Her current book project examines the nature of museological critique in Black feminist literary and visual cultures. Mensah has held curatorial and research appointments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) in Washington D.C., the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
About the Series
On Collaboration, Context, and Counterpoints: A Conversation Series on Museum Practice
A three-part series in Zoom:
- Wednesday, April 13 from 6-7:30pm CT
- Wednesday, April 20 from 6-7:30pm CT
- Wednesday, April 27 from 6-7:30pm CT
Originating at Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art, A Site of Struggle explores how artists have engaged with the reality of anti-Black violence and its accompanying challenges of representation in the United States over a 100 + year period. The Block Museum exhibition will tour to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama August 13-November 6, 2022.
In conjunction with this exhibition, curators, educators, and scholars will share their reflections in a three-part conversation series on museum practice, engaging communities with care, and exhibiting challenging material related to race, violence, and our shared histories.
Lead support for this program is generously provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at email@example.com