Celebrated artists from across the country, including Nanette Carter, Adia Millett, and Mary Anne Rose (widow of late abstractionist Herbert Gentry), will join Kalamazoo-based artist and activist Maya James for a conversation about the ways in which abstraction can be used to break down barriers of race and gender. Join these amazing artists in-person at the KIA as they share personal stories and examples from their careers, and demonstrate how abstract art can be a powerful form of activism. Together the artists will delve into issues of identity, mutual understanding, and the ability of art and artists to affect change in the world.
This panel conversation is inspired by the work of Joe Overstreet, including his piece Boxes, which is on extended view at the KIA until June 11. Many thanks to Art Bridges for making this panel conversation, and the accompanying art workshop on February 25th possible.