Kris Graves: The Testament Project Opens with Lecture & Reception 9/21

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 5:41 pm.

image of event posterKris Graves: The Testament Project
September 21 – December 18, 2016
Bryn Mawr College

Artist’s Lecture, September 21, 12:30 pm, Thomas 224, sponsored by the Center for Visual Culture
Opening Reception, September 21, 5 pm, Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

Kris Graves’s series The Testament Project aims to represent and explore blackness in contemporary America. Graves makes photographic portraits of black-identifying subjects, but floods their images with bright, Day-Glo lights to powerfully disrupt assumptions about what blackness looks like.

An oversized, hot pink portrait of the artist’s sister, Jessica, will greet visitors at the entrance to the gallery, even as its juxtaposition with the permanently installed painting of M. Carey Thomas by John Singer Sargent insists that we remember our institutional exclusion of black students under her presidency. More than 20 photographs, subject testimonials, and a video will be on view. It is hoped that this exhibition will be an opportunity for institutional reflection, self-examination, conversation, and change.

A complimentary catalogue with essay by Curator Carrie Robbins will be available.

The exhibition and accompanying catalogue are made possible with the support of the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library, as well as Bryn Mawr College’s Center for Visual Culture, Department of Special Collections, and Museum Studies program.

Contact Special Collections with questions: or 610-526-6576.

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