Claudia Rankine | ICA Talk
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Claudia Rankine | ICA Talk

Claudia Rankine—poet, author, educator and co-founder of the Racial Imaginary Institute (a project featured in Great Force)—will speak about her work on constructions of whiteness.

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater) was published with Graywolf Press in 2019, and Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; as well as numerous video collaborations. Her next publication, Just Us, is a collection of essays forthcoming with Graywolf Press in 2020. She is also the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. In 2016, she co-founded The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII). Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7 PM – 8 PM
Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU

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Stephanie Taylor | Children's Book Release
Nov
2
11:00 AM11:00

Stephanie Taylor | Children's Book Release

Join author Stephanie Taylor for a reading and activity as she presents her new children's book, I Can Change Everything (Strong Arm Press).

About this Event

Stephanie Taylor’s first picture book, I Can Change Everything, empowers young children to use imagination to change their circumstances⁠—both the fun parts of life, like playing dress-up or observing nature, and the not-so-fun parts of life, like saying goodbye to a close friend. Hopeful and inspiring, I Can Change Everything reassures children that the world can be made into a better place⁠—exactly how they want it to be.

Stephanie Taylor is an activist and writer. She once worked as a union organizer in Appalachia. Now she’s the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), a million-member grassroots advocacy organization, where she leads a team that has supported over a thousand candidates running for public office. She’s the mother of three girls, all under the age of three. For more information, visit her website at stephanietaylor.me

For more details on I Can Change Everything and Strong Arm Press, click here.

Sat, November 2, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
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New Dominion Bookshop
404 East Main Street 
Charlottesville, VA 22902



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Chitra Ganesh | ICA TALK
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Chitra Ganesh | ICA TALK

Artist Chitra Ganesh presents a talk about her drawing-based practice, which includes wall installations, comics, mixed-media works on paper, and animations. Ganesh finds inspiration in sources ranging from comics to semiotics, science fiction to social theory, as well as South Asian visual forms and Hindu and Buddhist iconography. She has described her desire to bring to light “narrative representations of femininity, sexuality, and power typically absent from canons of literature and art.”

Ganesh’s work has been widely exhibited internationally-including solo presentations at MOMA PS1, the Andy Warhol Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Gothenburg Kunsthalle-and is held in prominent public collections. Among many other residencies, grants, and awards, she was named Robina Foundation Fellow for Arts and Human Rights at Yale University Law School (2015-16), and recipient of a Hodder Fellowship (2017-18) and Guggenheim Fellowship (2012).

Co-presented by the VCUarts Department of Graphic Design.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
7 PM – 8 PM
Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU

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Ascend and Lead | A Women’s Empowerment Forum
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Ascend and Lead | A Women’s Empowerment Forum

Conversation and storytelling have informed and empowered women of color for generations. These same forms of communication are at the heart of a provocative and inspiring leadership forum featuring panel discussions, reflections, and talks.

The exciting lineup of leaders in the arts, education and policy, and business includes Kristen Cavallo, CEO, The Martin Agency; Linda Hines, CEO, Virginia Premier; Melody Barnes, Co-Director, University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative; and many others. The forum includes a conversation between VMFA curator Valerie Cassel Oliver (pictured) and Mary Margaret Pettway, Gee’s Bend quilter and Board Chair of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.

Cost: $20 ($15 VMFA members)
Ticket includes a boxed lunch

October 19, 2019 at 10 AM – 3 PM
VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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