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Art + Research Center Lecture: “Lyle Ashton Harris’ Black Gay 80s: An Anthropology of ‘What is utterly precious’” by Dr. Jafari Sinclaire Allen
ICA Miami welcomes Dr. Jafari Sinclaire Allen, Director of Africana Studies, and Center for Global Black Studies; and Associate Professor of Anthropology, at the University of Miami, for a lecture at the Art + Research Center, titled “Lyle Ashton Harris’ Black Gay 80s: An Anthropology of ‘What is utterly precious.’” This virtual lecture is free and open to the public with advance RSVP.

From Dr. Jafari Allen: "The works in Lyle Ashton Harris’ Ektachrome Archive chronicle the “epidemic time” of the long 1980s. Rather than frame the brilliant work and singular artist as 'exceptional.' In this lecture, we follow filmmaker Marlon Riggs—lovingly chronicled in Harris’ photographs and journals—who defined this imperative Black gay work as 'anthropology… the unending search for what is utterly precious.' The talk follows and attempts to join Harris’ conversations with Riggs and other Black gay contemporaries as they create in the wake of the violent forgetting, loss, and/or purposeful erasure of Black queer folks—the 'ouble cremation' writer Melvin Dixon warned against—exemplifying what was then emerging as a distinct Black gay sociopoetics, or habit of mind.

For more information visit: https://icamiami.org/calendar/arc-jafari-sinclaire-allen/

May 27, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Jafari Sinclaire Allen
Director of Africana Studies, and Center for Global Black Studies; and Associate Professor of Anthropology @University of Miami
Dr. Jafari Sinclaire Allen's scholarship and teaching have opened new lines of inquiry and offered re‐invigorated methods of narrative theorizing in anthropology, Black diaspora studies, and feminist and queer studies. His new book, There’s a Disco Ball Between Us: A Theory of Black Gay Life, will appear on Duke University Press this Fall.