SAM TALKS: Tumelo Mosaka discusses Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic on Thursday April 14

sam-sponsor-imageWhen: THU, APR 14, 2016, 7-8pm
Where: Seattle Art Museum, Nordstrom Lecture Hall

What is considered culturally authentic in a globalized world? What lies in the space between the sacred and the profane? Scholar and independent curator, Tumelo Mosaka discusses topics related to the Seattle Art Museum’s exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.

Mosaka’s essay “The Other Story”—included in the exhibition catalog—discusses Wiley’s work, Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps. This painting features a bold reimagining of grand European portraiture conventions. It recasts Napoleon with a contemporary, camouflage-clad black man through a technique Wiley describes as street casting—finding and engaging portrait subjects while walking around neighborhoods in New York, Israel, China, and elsewhere.

Mosaka will explore similar ideas by analyzing Wiley’s unapologetic ability to address the historical absence of the black figure by creating portraits of his own desire.

From Johannesburg and based in New York, Mosaka has curated several national and international exhibitions, including Otherwise Black (2014) for the 1st edition International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Martinique (BIAC), and was the former Contemporary Art Curator at the Krannert Art Museum in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
When: THU, APR 14, 2016, 7-8pm
Where: Seattle Art Museum, Nordstrom Lecture Hall
$10; $5 SAM members; $8 students, and seniors.

For more information about Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

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