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Beauty and Fashion: The Black Portrait Symposium

Anthony Barboza, "Toukie Smith", 1980.Thank you for your interest in Beauty and Fashion: The Black Portrait Symposium, April 2-3, 2011.

Please fill out separate forms for each individual interested in attending. Registrants may also add guests to a registration.

NB: Location, information, and any changes to venue or program will be updated online, and emailed to the provided email address as soon as they are available.

Day One: Saturday, 2 April 2011
9:00am – 6:00pm
Venues may be subject to change, please consult

MC: Cheryl Finley
AM Location:  Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

Doors Open, Registration
9:30am: Opening Remarks by Manthia Diawara, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and
Deborah Willis
10:00am: Introduction of Speakers by Cheryl Finley
10:05am: Keynote Professor Richard Powell, Duke University
10:50am: Panel 1: Body & Image
Moderator: Isolde Brielmaier
Presenters: Lauren Kelley, Mimi Plange, Xaviera Simmons
12:00pm: Panel 2: Fashioning Beauty
Moderator: M. Liz Andrews
Presenters: Anthony Barboza, Michaela Angela Davis, Leslie King Hammond & Lowery Stokes Sims, Maya Lake, Duro Olowu
1:15-2:15pm: Lunch Break
PM Location: Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

2:15pm: Panel 3: Reshaping the Public Imaginary through Art
Moderator: Hank Willis Thomas
Presenters: Meklit Hadero, Kambui Olujimi, Carrie Mae Weems, Jamel Shabazz, Kehinde Wiley    
3:45pm: Panel 4: Performing Beauty
Moderator: Kalia Brooks
Presenters: Nicole Fleetwood, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Sarah Lewis, Renée Mussai, Cherise Smith
5:00pm: Closing Remarks by Cheryl Finley
5:00-6:30pm: Reception and Book Signing
Reception Location: Tisch School of the Arts, Riese Lounge, 721 Broadway (at Waverly), ground floor


Day Two: Sunday, 3 April 2011
2:00pm – 9:00pm

2:30-5:30pm: Panel: Self-Representation in African and African Diaspora
Photography, Film, Music and Literature    
Presenters: John Akomfrah, Chester Higgins Jr., Tamar-kali, Hortense Spillers

This session addresses the ways in which artists in these different fields produce their work. They will reflect on how they address audiences with black images and from black and universal perspectives.  At issue are questions of reception and aesthetics, but also genre, autonomy and the specificity of black beauty.
Panel Location: Jurow Lecture Hall (101A)/Silverstein Lounge (101)
The Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, New York University

7:00-9:00pm: Meklit Hadero and Friends in Concert
If Joni Mitchell were East African and met Nina Simone for tea in San Francisco’s Mission District, she might end up sounding like Meklit Hadero. Meklit is a true modern global artist: born in Ethiopia, raised in US and nurtured for the last several years in San Francisco’s richly diverse arts scene. Add in a warm and luminous singing voice and lyrical songwriting that moves from the starkly personal to the poetically metaphoric, and you have her entrancing debut full-length recording, “On a Day Like This…”, released by Porto Franco Records in April, 2010.
Ticket prices: $20 (regular); $10 (NYU students, faculty, staff); $15 (senior citizens)
Concert Location: Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYU
566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South

All events are free and open to the public with prior registration, except Meklit Hadero in Concert.