Artist/Curator Conversation: Friday, January 16 5:30 PM

POSTED ON 1.6.2015

Dr. Arturo Lindsay is returning to Charlottesville on Friday, January 16, to take part in a conversation about his life and work with SSG curator, Tosha Grantham. This session is FREE and open to all, and is part of the Gallery’s outreach programming (Dr. Lindsay will be leading a workshop earlier in the day with the local Boys and Girls Club).

Dr. Lindsay has this to say about his approach to art and life “My interest in African retentions in the Americas has brought me to an important personal and professional crossroad where the paths of my spiritual, scholarly, and aesthetic journeys meet. As an artist, I use ethnographic research methods to uncover information people use to order their lives, construct identity, and create culture. My research findings are presented in works of art, scholarly articles, essays, and lectures. I am particularly interested in observing the African spiritual and aesthetic presence grounded in the concept of cultural mestizaje--cross- cultural mixing in Latin America.”

This conversation is presented in the context of Dr. Lindsay’s exhibition, PORTRAITS OF YEMAYA, which is on view in the gallery until the end of January. This exhibition is generously supported by Gardy Bloemers and Nick Duke, and the Worrell Chapman Family Fund at CACF.

A native of Colon, a seaport city on the Caribbean coast of the Republic of Panama, Dr. Arturo Lindsay migrated to New York City with his family at age 12 and settled in Brooklyn. Dr. Lindsay is currently Professor and Department Chair of Art and Art History at Spelman College in Atlanta.  He holds a Doctor of Arts (D.A.) degree from New York University (1990) and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Painting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1975).  He was the 2006 Distinguished Batza Family Chair at Colgate University and in 2005 he was named the Kemp Distinguished Visiting Professor at Davidson College in Davidson, NC.  In 1999 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Panama.

Tosha Grantham has significant experience as both a curator and researcher. She has worked on shows that present both contemporary and historical works, and also on projects involving recent technology, performance art, and new media. In addition to curatorial experience, she has worked as an artist, adjunct professor, art consultant, program coordinator and museum educator; she has organized public and member programs for special exhibitions and hosted lectures for public and private art collections. Beyond the visual arts, she has produced projects with musicians, performing artists, dancers, poets, and playwrights. Tosha joined SSG as curator in September 2013.

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