Black Chronicles II:
Archive, Photography and the Poetics of Difference

Mon 2 November, 4pm

Barker Center

Cambridge, MA, USA

Past event

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Black Chronicles II at the Cooper Gallery, this exhibition symposium will explore the politics of archival research to enable ‘different’ portrait moments to emerge.

Through an opening lecture and a series of presentations, the panel will consider questions of cultural identity and the archive, contemplate how progressive archival research may yield new curatorial narratives in the ongoing project of annotating photographic histories globally, and reflect on the continual search for 'reliable traces' of black presences in the early history of the medium. 

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Opening Remarks

Renée Mussai
Curatorial Lecture
Resurrecting Figures from the
Archival Vaults of Oblivion

Cheryl Finley
Archiving Memory

Kellie Jones
Stuart Hall’s Visual Culture

Robin Kelsey

Roundtable Q&A
Vera Ingrid Grant, Moderator

Reception following
Cooper Gallery
102 Mt. Auburn St, Cambridge MA

Part of the exhibition

Black Chronicles II

2 September - 11 December 2015

Cooper Gallery, Cambridge, MA, USA 

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In partnership with

The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery

The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery is a free-to-the-public gallery highlighting contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art, complemented by free public programming.

Part of the acclaimed Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, and housed in a space designed by prominent British architect David Adjaye, the Cooper Gallery showcases diverse cultures, archives and historical traditions. Its programming offers local engagements, workshops, artist talks, academic symposia, and lectures.

Additional Info

Thompson Room, Barker Center
12 Quincy St
Cambridge MA