Rashid Johnson, Jonathan with Eyes Closed, 1999.

Kemper Contemporary Conversations: Ila Sheren

November 7, 2013
Ebsworth Gallery

The Kemper Contemporary Conversations series engages professors from various departments across campus and members of the community in discussions about the work of Rashid Johnson and the broader themes addressed in his practice, including race, identity, performance, jazz, and the history of abstraction. Bridging disciplines of art, art history, African and African-American studies, music, and gender studies, each conversation will touch on topics of race and identity in our present context, as well as their impact on creative practices and contemporary theorization.

Each conversation will take place in the exhibition Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks.

Ila Sheren, assistant professor in the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences, will discuss the work of Rashid Johnson with Meredith Malone, associate curator.

Image credit

Rashid Johnson, Jonathan with Eyes Closed, 1999. Toned silver gelatin print, 21 1/2 x 27 1/2". Collection of Paul and Dedrea Gray, Chicago. Photo by Michael Tropea, Chicago.