Visual Studies scholar and Rutgers University professor Nicole Fleetwood will deliver the opening keynote address for the TEXTURES Spring Seminar - "Spatial Intimacies: Bodies and the Built Environment." Dr. Fleetwood’s talk, “AESTHETICS OF UNFREEDOM: TEXTURES, TEXTILES, AND CARCERALITY,” will draw on research from her forthcoming book, Carceral Aesthetics: Prison Art and Public Culture.
TEXTURES Material Culture Lab Spring 2019 Seminar, Spatial Intimacies: Bodies and the Built Environment, at the University of Delaware, May 2-3, 2019. Spatial Intimacies will bring together a small group of scholars, writers, curators and artists, working across a variety of disciplines and cultural mediums. Our aim for the event is to build community as we engage with salient questions about race, gender, design,technology, visual culture, and black worldmaking. Visual Studies scholar and Rutgers University professor Nicole Fleetwood will deliver the opening keynote address on her forthcoming book, Carceral Aesthetics: Prison Art and Public Culture
American Studies Association Annual Meeting
The built environment is a timely and relevant topic—both materially and conceptually—as we see more examples of the built environment integral to determinations of social life and processes of racialization. Moderated by interdisciplinary scholar Noliwe Rooks, this roundtable will feature a conversation among scholars working across a variety of cultural mediums and theoretical paradigms, by articulating questions that we perceive to be at the heart of cross-disciplinary study of race, space, bodies, and the built environment. Emphasizing the material dimensions of race and the ideological operations through which the construction of both racial identities and the built environment are intertwined, we ask: What does it mean to incorporate questions of power and privilege, and equity and justice into our interdisciplinary vocabulary of race and space? Our roundtable will explore how this question animates a productive tension in critical inquiry on institutional and spatial locations for critical crises and emergences. Furthermore, the roundtable’s subjects will illustrate the multiplicity of ways that bodies inhabit and transform in and around space.
Textures Pop-up Lab: An Interactive Workshop on Black Fashion and Visual Culture - Through this workshop we offer the audience a window into our creative process allowing them to touch and engage with the textiles and other items we share as they help us shape the contours of our upcoming exhibition
The Global Fashion and Photography event aims to examine the dynamics of Fashion and Photography in all its permutations. In a world in which globalization has transformed virtually the entire globe, and people the world over are getting into the game, the intersections created at the nexus of these two modes of representation are paramount. They involve cultural, social, commercial, artistic, financial, and political issues, and from the bottom to the top can determine power relations, careers, sexual norms and deviance, and more