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Looking Forward: Black Indianapolis Artists Imagine the Future

November 5, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Hybrid Hybrid Event

This exhibit and panel discussion address the long-lasting impact of African American enslavement on our shared history and sense of identity. These offerings provide a space to delve into complicated histories by focusing on Indianapolis artists and how identity creates the context for telling stories.

Artwork in the exhibition Past is Present: Black Artists Respond to the Complicated Histories of Slavery comes from contemporary African American artists addressing the legacies and impacts of slavery and the 160-year-fight to receive equal rights and acknowledgement for their contributions to our collective culture. By featuring works of both nationally renowned and local artists paired with primary source documents from the Indiana Historical Society, Indiana State Museum, and others, this exhibit and panel discussion will help attendees see how slavery has shaped not only our nation, but our neighbors, friends, and communities.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Doors to the galleries will open at 3pm to give visitors an opportunity to meet with the artists, curators, and participants for an informal tour of the exhibit. This panel for Looking Forward: Black Indianapolis Artists Imagine the Future features moderator Kaila Austin, Campus and Community Engagement Coordinator for the exhibit; Curator Dr. Jonathan Square, Assistant Professor of Visual Culture at the Parson’s School of Design; and local artists Shamira Wilson, Matt Cooper, and Lobyn Hamilton.

A partnership between IU Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI, Center for Africana Studies and Culture at IUPUI, and IUPUI Senior Academy.

Contact event organizers at 317-274-2462 or ktaustin@indiana.edu. 

Walk-ins welcome!

Virtual opportunity also available by registering here.

Event: Saturday, Nov. 5, 5:30-6:30pm

Exhibit: Sept. 28, 2022—Jan. 15, 2023, 12-5pm 

Matthew Cooper DNA No 28 2022 Oil and paper on canvas 36 x 24 in


November 5, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Herron School of Art + Design – Eskenazi Hall, Basile Auditorium
735 W. New York St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202 United States
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Parking Instructions
Free parking/vouchers are available for parking in the Sports Complex and Riverwalk Garages (levels 5 & 6). Both garages are west of Eskenazi Hall off Blake Street. Parking map: https://herron.iupui.edu/galleries/visit.html
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