Barnard College | Adjunct 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 will explore 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 artforms they produce—engender? This course asks students to think critically about questions such as these, and to formulate their own lines of inquiry and art historical research. Additionally, students will be 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. We will unpack multiple modes of artistic expression, and mine the complex set of aesthetic, philosophical and political motivations these gestures expose. Concurrently, we will contextualize our findings within the broader and ever-evolving contemporary art canon.
Hartford Art School | Adjunct Professor
Public Art Professional Practices | Nomad 9
This hybrid online/offline 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—which is conducted online through the BlackBoard platform—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. During the week-long, in-person session in New York that follows, students engage in activities and conversations with local artists, educators and arts professionals that survey different paths, alongside the established vetting systems that inform notions of value and 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.
Independent Educator | Guest Lecturer
2019, Interview with Nisa Mackie, Walker Education Reader, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2019, Panelist, NEXT presents: The Cities Project: New Life for New England's Industrial Past, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, CT
2019, Moderator, BAM Talks: Mapplethorpe in performance with Bryce Dessner, Korde Arrington Tuttle, and Kaneza Schaa, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
2019, Presenter, Building Relevant Public and Educational Programs Using an Equity Lens, American Alliance of Museums Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA
2019, Panelist, Aruna D’ Souza in Conversation with Nico Wheadon and Sable Elyse Smith, Frieze Talks, New York, NY
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, Presenter, Rethinking Museum Citizenship, Museums Association of the Caribbean Annual Conference, Bridgetown, Barbados
2018, Panelist, The Pathways Panel, Fuse: A Nexus for Interdisciplinary and Individualized Study, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
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