Online - Obsessing About Race: A Conversation about Collecting Racist Objects
Online - Obsessing About Race: A Conversation about Collecting Racist ObjectsOct 29 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, 2020
Join Dr. David Pilgrim, historian and curator of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University, as he is in conversation with artist Andres Serrano. They will discuss Serrano’s current exhibition, Infamous, now on view at the museum. Infamous features photographs of racist artifacts the artist purchased in 2019.
This will be the first conversation in a series that includes Svetlana Mitcheva of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), and painter Michael Ray Charles with Dr. Cherise Smith.
We hope this talk provides another opportunity to explore Andres Serrano’s current exhibition Infamous, now on in the museum through the end of February.
“Old Glory I & II” 1920’s American 48 Star Flag © Andres Serrano. Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris & Brussels
Dr. David Pilgrim & Andres Serrano, Obsessing About Race: A Conversation About Collecting Racist Objects
Dr. David Pilgrim, Curator of the Jim Crow Museum, in conversation with Artist Andres Serrano on his exhibition, Infamous.
About Dr. David Pilgrim
David Pilgrim is a public speaker and one of America’s leading experts on issues relating to race, race relations, and racism. He is best known as the founder and director of the Jim Crow Museum: a thirteen-thousand-piece collection of racist artifacts located at Ferris State University. A professor of sociology at Ferris State, Pilgrim is also VP for Diversity, Inclusion, and Strategic Initiatives. He is the author of Understanding Jim Crow (2015), Watermelons, Nooses, and Straight Razors (2017), and the co-author of Haste to Rise: A Remarkable Experience of Black Education during Jim Crow (2020).
Image courtesy of Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
About Andres Serrano
Andres Serrano first became internationally known for his image Piss Christ (1987), a now-infamous artwork of a plastic crucifix submerged in the artist’s urine. Though not intended to shock, Serrano’s art brings together spirituality with physicality in a way that has garnered the artist considerable controversy. His photographs seek to portray the most compelling subject matter in a technically polished manner that eliminates extraneous elements.
Serrano has been the subject of several monographs, including one accompanying a retrospective exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. His works are included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Malmö Konsthall in Sweden, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among others. He lives and works in New York City.
Image courtesy of Tre Cassetta