The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Spring Museum Lecture Series

Kevin Byrne
Joela Jacobs
6 and 6
Stephanie Troutman

January 10 – April 11, 2019

Entry comes with the cost of admission: $8 for adults; $6.50 for Seniors 65+; and free for Museum members, students with ID, faculty and staff, military personnel, AAM members, visitors with a SNAP card or Tribal ID, and children.

Sensational Dispatches from the Frenglish Front Lines: A Talk with Illustrations | January 10, 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Kevin Byrne, Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies, discusses the historical and racial symbols of a fictional martial conflict used by Frohawk Two Feathers (Umar Rashid) in his playful yet damning exhibition: What is the color, when black is burned? The Gold War. Part 1. Through outdated iconography, centuries-old visual styles, and elaborately anachronistic titles, Two Feathers encapsulates the racism, annihilation, enslavement, greed, and murder of any colonialist project of the past or present, and how such imperfect destruction allows for a rebellious and violent response.

Vegetal Eroticism: Imagining Our Botanical Relations | February 14, 4:00 p.m.

Joela Jacobs is Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Arizona and the founder of the Literary and Cultural Plant Studies Network. She earned her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago, and her research focuses on the intersections of 19th-21st century German literature with Animal Studies, Environmental Humanities, Jewish Studies, the History of Sexuality, and the History of Science. Several of her recent and forthcoming articles engage with plants, on topics such as “Crimes Against Nature,” “Plant Parenthood,” “Eden’s Heirs,” and “Phytopoetics.” She is currently working on a monograph, entitled Animal, Vegetal, Marginal: Being (Non)Human in German Modernist Grotesques, in which plants are agents in the creation and disruption of human identity (re)production.

Lecture in conjunction with exhibition 6 & 6 | March 14, 4:00 p.m.

To showcase life in the Sonoran Desert, the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers (N-Gen) Arts and Science Initiative forged a collaboration between artists and scientists. Six artists and six scientists were paired together to foster cross-pollination in research methods and to create a shared vision. The 6 & 6 exhibition is the manifestation of their collaborative research that depicts life in the Sonoran Desert and articulates a sense of place. This lecture will be presented by three artist/scientist pairs from the collaboration.

The White Female Gaze: A Black Feminist Perspective on Identity, Affect and Representation | April 11, 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Stephanie Troutman is a Black feminist scholar, a first-generation college student, a mother and an activist. Drawing on Black feminist techniques from the work of contemporary scholars and theorists such as Christina Sharpe, Nicole Fleetwood and Kara Keeling, she will engage with the exhibition F***nism, which features works for, by and about women. Troutman’s talk will examine the intersection of race and gender in order to think through the multiple ways that art might reflect or refract socio-emotional dynamics and race relations between and among women.