ON THE (UN)MAKING OF BLACK MEANINGS
Conventions: The (Un)Making of Black Meanings” is a series of events that explore meaning through the prisms of visual, aural, physical, textual, and digital expressions. Funded in large part by the Humanities Center at Syracuse University, the series comprises four interrelated components: two free public lectures, delivered remotely, in the Fall and Spring, respectively; a mini-seminar, conducted remotely, in the Spring; curricular integrations of key texts and methods in undergraduate writing courses and graduate seminars; and the presentation of No Words, a virtual exhibition. The Syracuse Symposium theme, “Conventions,” encourages us to come together—to convene—as we make space for multiple audiences to see, engage with, and reflect on the depth, beauty, and complexity of Black Meanings.
NO WORDS, PROJECTED:
a lecture by Marsha Pearce
In this curatorial lecture on The No Words Project, Dr. Marsha Pearce will advance spatial interpretation as a language that can articulate the tense “un/survival” of Blackness in our present moment. Through the African-derived, Caribbean expression of Limbo—a dance traditionally performed during wake ceremonies, in which family and friends convene in honor of the dead—Pearce sees a vocabulary for mediating curatorial practice, the art exhibition space, and Black existence. As part of her reflection and analysis, she will embrace digitality as an unconventional space for Black Life as freedom—and as future.
Presented by Marsha Pearce, PhD, Lecturer and Coordinator of the Visual Arts Programme, Department of Creative and Festival Arts, The University of the West Indies-St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of African American Studies, the Department of Art History, the Department of Literatures, Languages, and Linguistics, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies.
Every exhalation is an insistence on life and an invocation of the dead.“No Words,” by Kevin Adonis Browne, Brick 106
Breathe past the constriction. Push….