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FUTURE TEXTS: Imagining Utopia in a Time of Crisis and Change
Moderated by Dr. Saisha Grayson, Curator, Smithsonian Museum

Chitra Ganesh, Artist
Dr. Alondra Nelson, Sociologist
Cauleen Smith, Artist
Stacy Lynn Waddell, Artist
Saya Woolfalk, Artist

The SJ Weiler Fund is pleased to present a conversation of artists and thinkers, titled Imagining Utopia in a Time of Crisis and Change.

Dr. Alondra Nelson, in her seminal essay Future Texts, advocates for a new futurism in which more diverse voices express their histories and reclaim programmatic power of their technologies and tools. Since the publication of this essay in 2002, Dr. Nelson has continued to explore the history of race, technology and public health in the United States.

The SJ Weiler Fund invites Dr. Nelson to join curator Dr. Saisha Grayson in conversation with four contemporary artists–Chitra Ganesh, Cauleen Smith, Stacy Lynn Waddell and Saya Woolfalk. These artists each explore personal visions of the future that redress history and expose and revoke the cultural and gendered biases of outmoded techno-narratives through their work.

Future Texts was initially conceived of as an exhibition, which has been postponed until fall 2020. However, since the public health crisis of COVID-19 has made disparate access to health care and economic stability blatantly clear, and the political crisis threatens to further undermine existing social systems, the question of how to reimagine the near future is ever more urgent.

FUTURE TEXTS: Imagining Utopia in a Time of Crisis and Change encourages a vital conservation. How can artists, writers, and thinkers engage and provoke radical new ideas for our world? What lessons can we learn from our predecessors to guide us in reinventing a more equitable future for all?


Presented by the SJ Weiler Fund. Organized by Candice Madey, Stellar Projects.

Jun 8, 2020 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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