Barnard College | Adjunct ASSISTANT Professor
Freestyle and Displacement in Contemporary Art Practices | Africana Studies, Art History
freestyle—the seminal 2001 exhibition curated by Thelma Golden at the Studio Museum in Harlem—ushered a bold generation of artists into art historical discourse and cultural criticism. The exhibition presented works by 28 then-emerging artists of color who, as Golden asserts, “were adamant about not being labeled as ‘black’ artists, though their work was steeped, in fact deeply interested, in redefining complex notions of blackness.” A milestone in the “post-black” contemporary art movement of the late-90s, freestyle highlighted a cacophony of influences, histories, and artistic approaches. It simultaneously celebrated individuality and artistic freedom, and coalesced a community of artists committed to challenging the twenty-first century art world’s conventions and biases.
Taking freestyle as a point of departure, this course explores a series of questions, including: Which widely-held norms does freestyling—or operating through “a relentless and unbridled expression of the self”—resist? How does global citizenship and an expanded diasporic consciousness inform emergent art practices? How do the after-effects of displacement, migration and exile radically change an artist’s process? What insights do these new practices—and the art forms they produce—engender?
This course —developed and taught in partnership with artist and educator Leslie Hewitt—asks students to think critically about questions such as these, and to formulate their own lines of inquiry and art historical research. Additionally, students are challenged to experiment with, and think critically about, their own subjectivities in ways that intersect with the questions and concepts that arise from this investigation. They unpack multiple modes of artistic expression; mine the complex set of aesthetic, philosophical and political motivations these gestures expose; and contextualize their findings within the broader and ever-evolving contemporary art canon.
As a visual arts seminar course cross-listed in Art History and Africana Studies, class time is divided between group discussions, student presentations, guest lectures, and site visits. This course is part of the Harlem Semester, a series of spatial, conceptual and pedagogical partnerships between Barnard College and select Harlem cultural institutions. During the month of April, this course is sited within the Museum as part of a mini-residency entitled Studio Lab. Students participate in four interactive sessions alongside Museum staff, Artist-in-Residence alumni, and invited guest lecturers from the field.
Hartford Art School | Adjunct ASSISTANT Professor
Public Art Professional Practices | Nomad 9, Interdisciplinary MFA
This hybrid online course unpacks a broadened definition of entrepreneurship within creative practices, emphasizing the development of artists as professionals, social innovators, engaged citizens and critical thinkers. Throughout the course, students work from the premise that entrepreneurship is the creation of social, aesthetic and financial value, all of which are complexly and inextricably linked.
In the first two modules, students investigate the cultural infrastructures, policies and social practices in place to support their professional development in the arts. Forging a deeper understanding of self in relation to one’s environment and possible career trajectories within the field, the assignments encourage interdisciplinary collaboration in attaining professional goals.
Regular fieldwork encourages students to engage in activities and conversations with artists, educators and arts professionals to survey different career paths, and evaluate the established vetting systems that inform notions of aesthetic value and professional success. Site-visits range from mainstream arts and culture organizations, to government- and artist-run spaces, highlighting the diverse points of entry into the field.
The course concludes with two more weeks of online BlackBoard assignments that exercise key practical skills needed to face professional opportunities with strategy and confidence. Students emerge from this module as entrepreneurial thinkers, equipped with new vocabularies and tools to map their own professional journey as an artist.
Independent Educator | Guest Lecturer CV
2020, Presenter, Public Humanities Now: New Voices, New Directions, Brown University Public Humanities Center, Providence, RI
2019, Guest Lecturer, Women in Leadership, The Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Barnard College, New York, NY
2019, Presenter, Rethinking Museum Citizenship, NYU Museum Management Course, New York, NY
2018, Panelist, The Pathways Panel, Fuse: A Nexus for Interdisciplinary and Individualized Study, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2016, Participant, Harlem-Black Paris, The Barnard Center for Research on Women Global Symposium, Paris, France
2016, Guest Lecturer, Decolonizing Public Humanities: Intersectional Approaches to Curatorial Work, Cultural Production, and Community Organizing, Brown University, Providence, RI
2016, Guest Lecturer, Center for Curatorial Leadership, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
2016, Panelist, Engaging Communities Through Creative Practices, Art Futures NYC: Careers in the Arts Fair, The New School, New York, NY
2014, Guest Speaker, No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab, New York, NY
2010, Lecturer, Commodity Fetishism and the Price of Representation, 21st Annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
2010, Guest Speaker, 3rd Annual One-on-One, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2009, Guest Speaker, Exhibiting: A Roundtable Discussion with Gallerists, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art, New York, NY
2005/06, Video Production TA, Modern Culture & Media Department, Brown University, Providence, RI