Member Event—Repetition with a Difference: The Role of Stereotype and Caricature in Addressing Anti-Blackness

October 20, 2020
5 pm (CDT)

Members are invited to join this discussion to explore how Black artists have used caricature or stereotype in their work, but with a difference: they push viewers to think about the relationship of history to racism in our present. Hosted by Rebecca Wanzo, chair and professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in Arts & Sciences, participants will think about this issue by looking at selections from the Kemper Art Museum’s collection, including by Glenn Ligon, Howardena Pindell, and Kara Walker, as well as other work in a wide range of artistic practices, but with a particular focus on comic and cartoon art.

The program is free, but registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants. Register here >>

About the speaker

Rebecca Wanzo is professor and chair of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in Arts & Sciences, the author of The Suffering Will Not Be Televised: African American Women and Sentimental Political Storytelling (SUNY Press, 2009), and The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging (NYU Press, 2020). Her research interests include African American literature and culture, critical race theory, fan studies, feminist theory, the history of popular fiction in the United States, cultural studies, theories of affect, and graphic storytelling.

Image credit

Kara Walker (American, b. 1969), The Bush, Skinny, and De-boning, from Edition No. 19, 2002. Painted stainless steel in 3 parts, 29/100, 5 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 3/4". Gift of Peter Norton, 2015.