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African Artists’ Books Roundtable

Colored people

Blake J. Nolan
b. 1981, United States
Matt Cohen
b. 1982, United States
Sher Zabaszkiewicz
b. 1943, United States
Colored People
Pajaro, CA: C & C Press Artist’s Book, 2008
Edition 51/100
Smithsonian Libraries

September 16, 2015
2–5 p.m.

Come celebrate opening day of Artist Books and Africa!

Artists represented in the new exhibition Artist Books and Africa discuss how they develop and produce artists’ books, their inspirations, and recurring themes within their creations. A tour of the exhibition follows the discussion.

2 p.m.
Panel discussion
Toufik Berramdane, Nadimé
Matt Cohen and Blake Nolan, Colored People
Mary Hark and Atta Kwami, Listen, Listen
Bessie Smith Moulton, Tunisia
4 p.m.
Exhibition tour
Janet Stanley, Artist Books and Africa curator

Presented in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Artists’ Books and Africa
Cosponsored by the Smithsonian Libraries

Free and open to the public

Artist Talk: Ato Malinda

Ato Malinda’s On fait ensemble (We Do Together) (video still), 2010

Ato Malinda’s On fait ensemble (We Do Together) (video still), 2010
Photograph courtesy the artist

September 9, 2015
4 p.m.
Lecture Hall, sublevel 2

Join the National Museum of African Art for Ato Malinda’s talk “Binary Origins and Binary Dissipations: African Objects and a Definition of Queerness.” A Kenyan-born multimedia artist, Malinda’s work focuses on the hybrid nature of African identity. She will discuss her artistic practice, the representation of queerness in Nairobi, Kenya, and her recent research as a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow.

Currently an artist-in-residence at the National Museum of African Art, Malinda’s video On fait ensemble (We Do Together) is on view as part of the museum’s exhibition The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists.

Free and open to the public