A Public Forum on Race and Gender in Contemporary Art

Sunday, February 10, 4 - 6 p.m.
PAFA’s Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia

Pre-registration for this event is now closed. A limited amount of standing room only may be available to walk-in visitors on Sunday.

Ken Johnson, The New York Times Art Critic
Kimberly Brooks, Artist and Founding Editor of Huffington Post Arts
Njideka Akunyili, Artist
Joyce Kozloff, Artist 
Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw (moderator), University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor of American Art
Robert Cozzolino (opening remarks), Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

A New York Times preview of PAFA’s current exhibition The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World, written by art critic Ken Johnson, sparked a debate around gender and race in regards to art criticism. An open letter, which focuses on this preview, as well as Johnson’s article about the exhibition Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 (at MoMA PS1), was signed by many artists, art historians, curators and others.

PAFA’s forum brings together members of the art community and the public for a lively debate around these questions: What role does identity politics play in the contemporary art world? How do gender and race play into the art we make, the art we collect and exhibit, and the way we talk about the merits of a work of art?