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Shifting Perspectives: Black Abstraction

Wed May 12, 2021

Shifting Perspectives: Black Abstraction

Time Wed May 12 2021 at 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm

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Shifting Perspectives: Black Abstraction, 12 May | Online Event | Shifting Perspectives: Black Abstraction
Join a conversation about how abstract art by Black artists pushes our perceptions of and language on art and Blackness. This session is led by Chayanne Marcano, Joselia Hughes, and Nzinga Simone Simmons, who will discuss their personal connections to selected works by Betye Saar, Romare Bearden, Fred Eversley, and Barbara Chase-Riboud. The conversation will be hosted and moderated by Public Programs fellow Ravon Ruffin.

In Shifting Perspectives, MoMA staff, artists, and art professionals facilitate casual conversations about their experiences finding personal connections with artwork in MoMA’s collection. Each will introduce one artwork, then we’ll gather to discuss questions related to themes and ideas that resonate with the group. No experience with or prior knowledge of art history is required. Grab your favorite drink and log on!

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Chayanne Marcano is an art worker, writer, and researcher of space, place, and belonging. As the senior coordinator of Public Programs and Community Engagement at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Marcano cultivates modes of public engagement with contemporary art and artists of African descent through live programs, performances, and community partnerships.

Nzinga Simmons is a curator and arts writer based in Durham, North Carolina. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in art history and visual culture at Duke University. Through her critical writing and curatorial praxis, she aims to illuminate the vast and significant contributions of artists of African descent to the canon of American Art.

Joselia Rebekah Hughes is a disabled Afro-Caribbean writer and artist. Her practice is a living theory. She has performed at the Strand, National Sawdust, Participant Inc, Leslie-Lohman Museum, and elsewhere. Her writing has been published in Jewish Currents, Ocean State Review, the Poetry Project’s Poems & Texts and, most recently, in issue 15 of Apogee journal.


This session will have live CART captions and ASL interpretation. A PDF of the presentation will be distributed to all participants 24 hours prior to the program. For more information on accessibility at MoMA please visit For accessibility questions or accommodation requests please email QWR1bHRQcm9ncmFtcyB8IG1vbWEgISBvcmc= or call (212) 708-9781.

This session will be led virtually through Zoom, a free video-conferencing software. Participants are encouraged to use a computer, smart phone, or tablet with a camera and Internet access, if possible. Participants may also dial in using a phone line. Participants will receive a Zoom link upon registering.

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