On the Black Art Library
Weekly conversations with activists, social justice practitioners, and changemakers.
1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific
This event is graciously supported by our friends at Dermot Company and produced by The Brooklyn Rail. Learn how you can donate ✨🌈
Please join us for a conversation on the Black Art Library in Detroit, featuring founder Asmaa Walton with Alexis Assam & Jasmine Weber.
In this talk
Please join us for our tenth installment of Common Ground for a conversation on the Black Art Library in Detroit, featuring founder & curator Asmaa Walton with curator Alexis Assam and art writer Jasmine Weber. They will discuss the evolution of the Black Art Library – a catalog of books on Black visual art and culture that began coming together earlier this year and which will become a public-facing archive, research library, and collection of art books, children’s books, exhibition catalogues, biographies, monographs, and ephemera on Black visual arts and artists. They will also touch on arts accessibility and arts education, on filling in the gaps where institutional libraries and museum collections have failed to substantially invest – and how to chart a course for shifting value and shifting resources back into our own communities.
The project is currently fundraising to expand its collection and acquire a brick-and-mortar space in Detroit, MI, and will be on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) in early 2021. Until then, peruse its stacks virtually via its viral Instagram page, read more on the Black Art Library’s fundraising page, and donate today. This conversation will be moderated by Malvika Jolly, and will close with a poetry reading by Karisma Price.
“The Black Art Library will be a space where people of all ages can come to spend time with these books and learn things that they did not have the opportunity to learn in school or at home. It will be a place local students can come to do research for a project, self-taught artists can come be inspired by images that they see between the pages, and art lovers can spend a day falling in love with the work of an artist they had never even heard about before.” –Asmaa Walton
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Karisma Price reading.
❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.