Making a Difference through '​Art of Collective Care & Responsibility: Handling Images of Black Suffering & Death'

November 24, 2020

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Online teach-in streaming December 3, 4, 6, 11, 13

Visit ​artofcollectivecare.comand email for more information.


This free 5-part virtual teach-in welcomes museum professionals, educators, community organizers, artists, activists, writers, marketing professionals, students, and others to learn about our collective power to oppose exploitation and antiBlack racism in the visual arts fields. The event will be education-focused and open for communal reflection for those who experience antiBlack violence.

In addition to featuring a keynote lecture and two roundtable panels, this interactive teach-in includes guided meditation, music, and a digital educational resource guide. On the opening day, M​s. Samaria Rice​, founder of the Tamir Rice Foundation, will share remarks and D​r. Christina Sharpe,​ author of I​n the Wake: On Blackness and Being,​ and M​onstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects,​ follows with her keynote address. Other presenters include Alexandra Bell, William C. Anderson, Dr. Kirsten P. Buick, Sheila Pree Bright, Dr. Kelli Morgan, Dr. Izetta Mobley, Teressa Raiford, Amanda D. King, Case Bargé, Key Jo Lee, and La Tanya S. Autry.

Art of Collective Care & Responsibility: Handling Images of Black Suffering & Death ​teach-in is a project of the ​Black Liberation Center,​ founded by cultural organizer La Tanya S. Autry, Gund Curator in Residence, moCa Cleveland, in association with moCa Cleveland and Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center. 

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“What happens when we proceed as if we know this, antiBlackness, to be the ground on which we stand, the ground from which we to attempt to speak, for instance, an “I” or a “we” who know, an “I” or a “we” who care?” - Christina Sharpe, I​n the Wake: On Blackness and Being



DAY 1 ​Keynote Address by Dr. Christina Sharpe featuring remarks by Ms. Samaria Rice Thursday, December 3rd, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

The opening program features remarks by activist Ms. Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, and a keynote address by Dr. Christina Sharpe, author of ​In the Wake: On Blackness and Being​ and Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects.
Moderated by La Tanya S. Autry and Key Jo Lee. ​Session features a live musical performance.


DAY 2 ​Roundtable 1: B​lack Trauma/Death Imagery is Always Spectacle Friday, December 4th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

This discussion considers the historical governing role of Black trauma and death imagery, representational politics, and institutional power dynamics when displaying these images. Panelists include writer William C. Anderson, artist Alexandra Bell, Dr. Kirsten P. Buick, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and Dr. Christina Sharpe.
Moderated by La Tanya S. Autry and Key Jo Lee. ​Session features a live musical performance.


DAY 3 ​Workshop: B​eholding Ourselves Sunday, December 6th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

In this communal reflective session, La Tanya S. Autry and Key Jo Lee lead a guided discussion through art on living through the onslaught of antiBlack violence.

*Session open to Black identifying persons who attended the December 4th roundtable.


DAY 4 ​Roundtable 2: D​eveloping a Practice of Collective Care Friday, December 11, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

This discussion centers on meanings of collective care, strategies for injecting cultural competency in museums and other institutions, and possibilities of fostering collective care as professional practice. Panelists include artists Sheila Pree Bright and Amanda D. King, curator and scholar Dr. Kelli Morgan, cultural historian Dr. Izetta Mobley, and community organizer Teressa Raiford.

Moderated by La Tanya S. Autry and Key Jo Lee. ​Session features a live musical performance.


DAY 5 ​Workshop:​ Build Your Practice of Care Sunday, December 13, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

In this session moderated by La Tanya S. Autry and Key Jo Lee, participants will strategize methods for applying collective care to various real-world professional scenarios.

*Session open to those who attended the December 11th roundtable.


About ​Black Liberation Center

The ​Black Liberation Center,​ an experimental series of exhibitions, workshops, and programming founded and led by cultural organizer La Tanya S. Autry, Gund Curator in Residence at moCa Cleveland, spotlights arts and culture that envision and strategize paths toward the freedom of all Black people, and thus, all people. As the ​Black Liberation Center​ involves more than representational politics, it concentrates on developing authentic connections through collaborations, deepening understanding, loving Black people, and imagining and building structural change for thriving Black futures beyond systemic violence.

The ​Black Liberation Center​ participates in the Black radical tradition by refusing to reproduce antiBlack ideologies. Informed by a Black feminist lens grounded in recognizing interlocking forms of social violence, this project honors lived experiences, creations, organizing, and scholarship of freedom fighters of the African diaspora. It also derails the prevalence of institutional disregard and violence against Black arts workers. The B​lack Liberation Center​ refuses to legitimize, recreate, and perpetuate antiBlackness. This project is Autry's form of maroonage as it lives beyond domineering frames of whiteness and colonialism. It is her means of liberatory curating as she created it to save her own life and adhere to her antiracist, anti-oppression ethos while working in a white art museum. The B​lack Liberation Center r​espects and contributes to the network of collective liberation-oriented arts and culture both near and far.

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