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Black Futures: On Race in Art, Curation, and Digital Engagement

October 16, 2017
6:30 pm
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA Black Futures: On Race in Art, Curation, and Digital Engagement Kimberly Drew in conversation with Stephen Best FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Kimberly Drew, Social Media Manager for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Creator of the blog Black Contemporary Art Drew has been dubbed an "international tastemaker in contemporary art" on account of her Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art and her Instagram @museummammy; and as Social Media Manager at The Met, she has been pivotal in moving that venerated institution in directions both democratic and dialogical. Drew will discuss curation, social media, race, and institutions with Professor Stephen Best (English, UC-Berkeley). --- Kimberly Drew is a writer and curator based in New York City. Drew received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies, with a concentration in Museum Studies. Drew first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director's Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media. Her writing has appeared in Glamour, W, Teen Vogue, and Lenny Letter. She also serves as a board member for Recess Activities, Inc. Drew is currently the Social Media Manager at The Met, was honored by AIR Gallery as the recipient of their inaugural Feminist Curator Award, and selected as one of Brooklyn Magazine's Brooklyn 100. You can follow her at @museummammy on Instagram and Twitter. Stephen Best is an Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Fugitive's Properties: Law and the Poetics of Possession, a study of property, poetics, and legal hermeneutics in 19th-century American literary and legal culture. He co-convened a research group at the University of California's Humanities Research Institute on "Redress in Law, Literature, and Social Thought." His work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Hellman Foundation, the Humanities Research Institute, and the Ford Foundation. Participating Units: Arts Research Center; Department of English; The Black Room; Townsend Center for the Humanities --------- Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA is a public lecture series with the theme of Public (Re)Assembly. Berkeley Arts + Design features, fortifies, and mobilizes existing excellence in the arts and design at Berkeley, while fostering dynamic collaboration, innovation, and public access across all arts and design fields, on campus and in public life. Learn more at:

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