2021 Anne Hill Blanchard Uncommon Artists Lecture
2021 Anne Hill Blanchard Uncommon Artists Lecture
These talks exploring self-taught art will cover Rosie Lee Tompkins's quilts, April Dawn Alison’s photography, and carceral aesthetics and prison portrait practices, with a focus on metamorphosis and material transformation.
American Folk Art Museum online
January 31, 2021 | 1:00 pm
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Nicole R. Fleetwood
The Practice and Legacy of Prison Portraits
Erin O'Toole
April Dawn Alison, photographer
Elaine Y. Yau
Rosie Lee Tompkins and Protective Self-Fashioning

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American Folk Art Museum
New York, NY

About The Speakers

Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood is a writer, curator, and Professor of American Studies and Art History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is the author of Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Harvard University Press, 2020), On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (Rutgers University Press, 2015), and Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (University of Chicago Press, 2011). Fleetwood has curated exhibitions and events on art and mass incarceration at MoMA PS1, Andrew Freedman Home, Aperture, Cleveland Public Library, Zimmerli Art Museum, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, and the Urban Justice Center.

Dr. Erin O’Toole is the Baker Street Foundation Associate Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where she has worked since 2007. Recent exhibitions she has organized include Off the Wall: Liz Deschenes, Oliver Chanarin, Sarah Sze, Dayanita Singh and Lieko Shiga (2020), Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs of Lew Thomas, Donna-Lee Phillips and Hal Fischer (2020); April Dawn Alison (2019); New Work: Erin Shirreff (2019); and Anthony Hernandez (2016). She is editor of Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs of Lew Thomas, Donna-Lee Phillips and Hal Fischer (MACK Books, 2020), April Dawn Alison (MACK Books, 2019), and Anthony Hernandez (SFMOMA, 2016), as well as a contributing author of The Photographic Object, 1970 (UC Press, 2016), Janet Delaney: South of Market (MACK Books, 2013), Garry Winogrand (SFMOMA, 2013), Doug Rickard: A New American Picture (Walter Koenig Books, Cologne, 2012), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 75 Years of Looking Forward (SFMOMA, 2010), among other titles.

Dr. Elaine Y. Yau is Associate Curator of the Eli Leon Living Trust Collection of African American Quilts at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). Prior to this position, she co-curated Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective with former director and Chief Curator, Larry Rinder. In addition to writing essays on artists Sister Gertrude Morgan and Minnie Evans, her contribution to the Routledge Companion to African American Art History (2020) examined the critical impact of race on folk art scholarship. Dr. Yau earned her doctoral degree at UC Berkeley in History of Art with an emphasis in Folklore in 2015.

Image: April Dawn Alison, Untitled (no date) / courtesy of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Rosie Lee Tompkins, Untitled, c. 2002 / photo by Ben Blackwell; Russell Craig, Self Portrait (2016) / photo by Kisha Bari