December 5th: Lecture with Dr. Alisa Prince

The Artist of The Family: Contemporary Black Artists and The Family Archive

Join the BU African American & Black Diaspora Studies Program for a talk with Dr. Alisa Prince, exploring how contemporary Black artists use family archives as materials and methods.

Attend a talk with Dr. Alisa Prince as she explores how contemporary Black artists use family archives as materials and methods. The talk positions the collections of photographs and other memorabilia in Black homes as archives that serve to establish statements for and about their holders. As such, these materials play a critical role in Black self-making. The talk explores how artists such as Deana Lawson, Tyler Mitchell, and Carrie Mae Weems interact with family archives to speak authoritatively to/for/about Black life.

Tuesday, December 5 · 5:30 – 7pm 
Howard Thurman Center, 808 Commonwealth Ave, FLR 205, Boston, MA 02446

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Alisa Victoria Prince is a scholar, artist, and curator of visual arts and artifacts of the Black diaspora. Her work focuses on the history of photography, the roles of race and gender in identity construction, Black Feminist traditions, archival theory, and artistic forms of resistance. Her dissertation takes up vernacular photographs of Black people, particularly those with origins in the family album, and explores the forms of value to which they are subject in different spaces. She has taught courses on Black identity, feminism, photography, and cultural capital and serves on the Editorial Board of InVisible Culture, a journal for visual culture.