12:00-1:00pm: A Woman’s Voice: Then and Now?
Throughout the world, women have held and told the stories of their families and communities. Yet, in some cases, their work remains unknown or less recognized in the arts, our history, and other segments of our culture. Dr. Jennifer Richardson, Professor Monique Haley, Dr. Mariam Konaté, and Barber will discuss the roles of these women as it relates to the visual arts, dance, popular culture, identity, and beauty culture.
1:15-2:00pm: The Resonance Music Project: Connecting Music and Art in Unveiling American Genius
As you walk through Unveiling American Genius, listen to the melodies and original scores inspired by individual works of art on view through a partnership with Connecting Chords Music Festival. The Resonance Music Project gave local musicians a chance to connect sound with fine artwork. Hear from musical artists Elizabeth Start, Jordan Hamilton, Laurie Jarski, Monica Washington Padula, and Helen Yee, as they reveal how a work of art can stimulate the creation of a song.
2:15-3:30pm: Panel: The Future of American Art
What is the future of American art? KIA Chief Curator Rehema Barber will speak with renowned artists Tylonn Sawyer and Adia Millett, who both have work on view in Unveiling American Genius. Sawyer juxtaposes themes of identity in his work, investigating race and history in popular culture. He is an American multidisciplinary artist educator and curator whose primary medium is painting. Millett’s art honors the history of domestic craft, abstraction, and architecture while being inspired by afro-futurism, emotional resiliency, and the preservation of our land. Her pieces range from painting, quilting, stained glass, collage, video, sculpture, to installation.