Cost: Free, Tickets Required

POSTPONED: Symposium – The Kamoinge Workshop: Collaboration, Community and Photography

Fri, Mar 20 | 2–8 pm | Auditorium, ICA at VCU
Sat, Mar 21 | 10 am–3:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater, VMFA

Updated 03/12/2020:
The Symposium is postponed to a future date TBD. See more information here

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in partnership with VCU School of the Arts and ICA, VCU, is hosting a symposium in conjunction with the special exhibition, Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop.

This two-day program will feature panel discussions with Kamoinge artists and scholars to contextualize and address Kamoinge’s role in the history of 20th-century photography, and the Black Arts Movement, as well as address the social and professional challenges faced by black photographers working in the field.

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE


Symposium Day One
Fri, Mar 20 | 2–8 pm | Institute of Contemporary Art at VCU
Free, tickets required.

The first day of the program will be hosted at VCU, ICA.

Auditorium
Free, tickets required
SOLD OUT

2:00–2:15 pm
Opening Remarks
Alex Nyerges, Director, VMFA & Dominic Willsdon, Executive Director, ICA

2:15–3:00 pm
“Introduction to The Kamoinge Workshop”
Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, VMFA with Kamoinge Workshop Artists

3:00 – 3:45 pm
“Serious Sociality in the Kamoinge Workshop”
Dr. Romi N. Crawford, Professor, Visual and Critical Studies and Liberal Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago with Anthony Barboza, Kamoinge Workshop Artist and Miya Fennar, daughter of Al Fennar, Kamoinge Workshop Artist

3:45–4:15 pm
“The Language of Color and the Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop”
Carrie Springer, Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art

4:15–5:00 pm
“Globalism & International Black Photographers”
Dr. Tobias Wofford, Assistant Professor of Art History, VCUarts with Danny Dawson, Kamoinge Workshop Artist and Jimmie Mannas, Kamoinge Workshop Artist

5:00–6:00 pm
Break

6:00–8:00 pm
“Film Panel: Third World Newsreel & The Kamoinge Workshop”
Dr. Sarah Eckhardt with Allan Siegel, founding member of the documentary film collective Newsreel and formerly a co-director of Third World Newsreel, and Shawn Walker, Kamoinge Workshop Artist


Symposium Day Two
Sat, Mar 21 | 10 am–3:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater, VMFA
Free, tickets required.

The second day of the program will be hosted at VMFA.

Leslie Cheek Theather
Free, tickets required

Register for Day Two

10:00 am
Opening Remarks
Alex Nyerges, Director, VMFA

10:15–10:45 am
“Video of Carrie Mae Weems Interview with The Kamoinge Group (1982)”
Dr. Sarah Eckhardt with Kamoinge Workshop Artists

10:45–11:15 am
“Building the Draper Archive Portal”
Courtney Tkacz, Archivist, VMFA

11:15–11:30 am
“Louis Draper in Focus”
Sharayah L. Cochran, pre-doctoral fellow and PhD student in the Art History program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

11:30–12:15 pm
“The Sounds They Saw: Kamoinge and Jazz”
Dr. John Edwin Mason, Associate Professor, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia with Ming Smith, Kamoinge Workshop Artist and Herb Robinson, Kamoinge Workshop Artist

12:15–1:30 pm
Lunch on your own – Best Café offers casual fare (Level 1, Atrium)

1:30 pm
Welcome Back

1:30–2:00 pm
“Unlearning Street Photography from the Kamoinge Workshop”
Dr. Erina Duganne, Associate Professor, Art History, Texas State University with Adger Cowans, Kamoinge Workshop Artist

2:00–2:30 pm
“True & Free: A Creation Story of The Black Photographers Annual”
Bill Gaskins, Director of the Photographic & Electronic Media Masters of Fine Arts Program, Maryland Institute College of Art with Beuford Smith, Kamoinge Workshop Artist

2:30–3:00 pm
“The Impact of Mentoring: Louis Draper and the Workshop”
Dr. Deborah Willis, University Professor and Chair, Department of Photography & Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts; Director, Institute for African American Affairs and the Center for Black Visual Culture, New York University

3:00–3:15 pm
Audience questions and discussions

3:30 pm
“Closing Remarks”
Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, VMFA


The Symposium is hosted in partnership with VCU School of the Arts and ICA at VCU in conjunction with the special exhibition, Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop. Educational programs for the exhibition are generously supported by the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond.