• Converge Detroit

  • Sat, 10/19/2019 at 11:30 am
  • Detroit School of Arts
    123 Selden St
    48201 Detroit
Converge Detroit - Detroit School of Arts - Detroit

THE CARR CENTER BRINGING ARTISTS & SCHOLARS TOGETHER WITH FIRST-EVER “CONVERGE DETROIT” CONFERENCEA day of talks & mentorship centering on the African American experience, with speakers including Adama Delphine Fawundu, Angela Hennessy & Simone A.BrowneThe Carr Center is uniting visionaries from all over the city of Detroit and beyond with its first-ever “Converge Detroit” conference. The day-long public event will bring artists, thinkers, academics and cultural workers together to consider the inaugural conference’s theme: Beyond Space: Unbounded Theory and Practice. “Converge Detroit” will be held on October 19th at the Detroit School of Arts (123 Selden Street, Detroit, MI 48201) from 11:30am-6pm, followed by the opening of the “Beyond Space” exhibition and artist reception at 7pm.“Converge Detroit” will center on the African American experience and explore both the practical and theoretical impact it has had in the creative sphere. Throughout the day, attendees will have an opportunity to hear short presentations from 14 invited artists and scholars covering a broad range of disciplines.Among those slated to speak on their work and the theme of the day is Adama Delphine Fawundu, a visual artist with an MFA from Columbia University who combines photography, video, assemblage and other media to create an artistic language.The event will also feature Angela Hennessy, an Oakland-based artist and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts who explores “mythologies of blackness embedded in linguistic metaphors of color and cloth” through writing, performance and studio work.Also scheduled to speak is “Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness” author Simone A. Browne, who continues to explore themes of surveillance as a Yale University Visiting Presidential Fellow (2018-2019) and as an Associate Professor in the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of African and African Diaspora Studies.“Converge Detroit” will serve as an artistic laboratory as well, fostering opportunities for mentorship and peer-to-peer discussion, with a particular emphasis on the intersection of the arts and the black experience.Described as an “exploration-through-exhibition,” “Beyond Space” will feature the work of the Carr Center Independent Scholars, curated and led by Carrie Mae Weems, Carr Center resident artist in visual art and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow.