April 18, 2018

2018 Tepper Chair event featuring Kara Walker and Rutgers MFAs as “The Perpetual Care Society”

Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University

(1) Yu Rim Chung, Climax Rag (detail), 2018. (2) Stephen Williams, Algiers Point, 2018. Images courtesy of the artists.

Kara Walker began a 5-year term as Tepper Chair at Rutgers in 2015. There, she has created a graduate research group around Memory, Monuments and Memorials (MMM). The intention over the five years of Kara Walker’s term is to trace slave routes and the memories and memorials they have left. Last year the group visited Georgia; current research brought them to New Orleans, LA as their site of focus. This event is their day-long response to visiting a place where land and monuments are disappearing.

Performative in nature, the cohort will synthesize research findings across a spectrum of mediums including movement, music, video, and poetry recitations. To further this spirit of celebration, guests will be invited to a post-presentation reception. A limited quantity of the group’s 2018 research publication will be available as take-aways.

2pm: An Offering by Usus Homing
2–8:30pm: Site specific installations

6:30–8:30pm: Black Mold. Performances, readings, and screenings

"Robert E. Lee no longer stands atop his Nelsons Column in Lee Circle, African Children are no longer sold into a lifetime of servitude, The Mississippi River no longer has a delta, The endangered Brown Shrimp were never native to these waters, the land is subsiding. Subsistance living. Laisses Les Bontemps Roullet! Let the Good Times Roll!" –Kara Walker

Free admission. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Reception to follow.

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