Panel talk with Kwame Brathwaite Jr. and Tanisha Ford - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Panel talk with Kwame Brathwaite Jr. and Tanisha Ford

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Documenting Fashion, Modern and Contemporary - Centre for American Art, Research Forum

Panel talk with Kwame Brathwaite Jr. and Tanisha Ford

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, King’s Cross, London

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"Untitled (Sikolo Brathwaite with Headpiece designed by Carolee Prince), 1968 c., printed 2018 (KB16-10-60-01)"
"Untitled (Photo shoot at a school for one of the many modeling groups who had begun to embrace natural hairstyles in the 1960s), 1966 c. printed 2017 (KB17-02-30-02)"
"Untitled (Sikolo Brathwaite with Headpiece designed by Carolee Prince), 1968 c., printed 2018 (KB16-10-60-01)"
"Untitled (Photo shoot at a school for one of the many modeling groups who had begun to embrace natural hairstyles in the 1960s), 1966 c. printed 2017 (KB17-02-30-02)"

Speakers include

  • Kwame Samori Brathwaite - Director of the Kwame Brathwaite Archive
  • Tanisha C. Ford - writer, cultural critic, and historian

Organised by

  • Dr Rebecca Arnold - The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Professor David Peters Corbett - The Courtauld Institute of Art; Director of the Centre for American Art
Open to all, free admission

Places are limited will be available on a first-come first-served basis

Kwame Samori Brathwaite, son of photographer Kwame Brathwaite, is the Director of the Kwame Brathwaite Archive, through which he manages his father’s photographic archive and collaborative projects that are concordant with the themes in his father’s work, namely activism, politics, fashion and music. Kwame Samori authored a chapter entitled Fashion and Consciousness in the book Mod New York: Fashion takes a Trip and has lectured at numerous institutions including the Museum of the City of New York, Cal State Fullerton and Harvard Art Museum. He co-curated Celebrity and the Everyday at Philip Martin Gallery along with Jesse Williams and curated Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, a touring exhibition in partnership with Aperture Foundation. The exhibit is currently on view at The Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and will travel to the Columbia Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society this year. Kwame Samori, also a real estate professional, graduated from Amherst College in 1996 with a B.A. in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business in 2018. He resides in Pasadena, CA with his wife and three children.

 

Tanisha C. Ford is an award-winning writer, cultural critic, and historian. She is the author of Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), which won the 2016 Organization of American Historians’ Liberty Legacy Foundation Award; Kwame Brathwaite: Black is Beautiful (Aperture, 2019) and Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion (St. Martin’s, 2019). Ford’s work centers on social movement history, feminist issues, material culture, the built environment, black life in the Rust Belt, girlhood studies, and fashion, beauty, and body politics. Her scholarship has published in the Journal of Southern HistoryNKA: Journal of Contemporary African Artthe Black Scholar, and QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. Ford’s public writing and cultural commentary have been featured in the Atlantic, the New York Times, Elle, and the Root. Her research has been supported by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Ford is Professor of Africana Studies and History at the CUNY Graduate Center.

 

This event is being funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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