• Exhibition installation view of  Kapwani Kiwanga: Safe Passage, at MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2019

Public Program Gallery Discussion: Dark Like Me

March 1, 2019, 12:30PM

MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Cambridge MA

Join us for a discussion led by Sandy Alexandre as she contextualizes Kapwani Kiwanga: Safe Passage, an exhibition of four bodies of work that engage with racialized surveillance and systems used in controlling the movement of bodies in space. This talk will bring Kiwanga’s work in conversation with literature and history to expand on the artist’s preoccupations with the power dynamics of being seen and unseen.

Sandy Alexandre is Associate Professor of Literature at MIT. Her research spans the late nineteenth-century to present-day black American literature and culture. Her first book examines how the history of lynchings informs the various ways that African-American literature engages matters concerning environmental racism and the American pastoral ideology. Alexandre is currently writing another book, which explores the relationship between the history of chattel slavery and the emergence of black people’s aspirations for tangible things.

This program is free and open to the general public but RSVPs are required. RSVP here.

For more information, contact:

Emily A. Garner
eagarner@mit.edu

  • Exhibition installation view of Kapwani Kiwanga: Safe Passage at MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2019.
    Photo: Peter Harris Studio