1.25.20 • 6:00p–9:00p
The 13th Annual Community Gala is a diversity initiative presented in conjunction with the exhibition opening of Community and a celebration of Black History Month. The evening includes a lecture by Dr. Kelli Morgan, followed by the opening, a strolling dinner, live entertainment, and a cash bar. Tickets available at flintarts.org or call 810.234.1695.
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A Manner of Space: Black Modality in African American Art
Dr. Kelli Morgan
Associate Curator of American Art , Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
As early as the 18th century, the recognition of Black humanity has been a central tenet of African American art. Whether it’s Phillis Wheatley, Toni Morrison, Romare Bearden, or Kara Walker, Black artists have fused a multitude of creative elements to affirm the meaning of Black lives in a world that is both hostile toward and indifferent to the lived realities of Black people. Highlighting works from the FIA’s permanent collection, Dr. Kelli Morgan discusses the various ways African Americans have strategically utilized place, space, and their communities in efforts to humanize their experiences.
1.26.20 • 1:30p
Author, dramatist, playwright, and educator
Semaj Brown, Flint’s First Poet Laureate, reads poetry inspired by art in the Community exhibition, and performs works from her new book, Bleeding Fire! Tap the Eternal Spring of Regenerative Light.
Performance sponsored by
Saturday, January 25, 2020 • 6p–9p
Cocktail attire. Doors open at 5:45p, lecture begins promptly at 6:00p.
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Proceeds benefit FIA programs and exhibitions.
Theater seating is first come, first served. Overflow seating will be available in Isabel Hall to view a livestream of the lecture.