September 22, 2020
Join ArtTable for a presentation of Angela Davis: Seize the Time, which will open at the Zimmerli Art Museum on September 1, 2021, with Donna Gustafson, Interim Director, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Mellon Director for Academic Programs, Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers.
Focusing on Davis and her image, the exhibition provides a compelling and layered narrative of Davis’s journey through the junctures of race, gender, and economic and political policy from 1969 to the present. The project is inspired by, and draws heavily on, a private archive in Oakland, California, that includes materials produced by an international community that assembled to protect Davis in a campaign to “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” press photography, court sketches, videos, music, and Davis’s own writings making it possible to document Davis’s work on issues related to freedom, oppression, feminisms, and prison abolition.
Beyond the archive, the exhibition positions Angela Davis as a continuing touchstone for contemporary artists who reference her history as a political icon and her texts on revolution, feminisms, and incarceration. It includes work by contemporary artists Sadie Barnette, Bethany Collins, Yevgeniy Fiks, Coco Fusco, Renée Green, Steffani Jemison and Justin Hicks, Roberto Lugo, Juan Sanchez, and Carrie Schneider, among others, who assert Davis’s significance as a black feminism intellectual and engage with her as a historical participant, contemporary thinker, and activist in a larger narrative that extends into the present. The book, published by Hirmer Press and available for purchase, includes contributions by the co-curators, Donna Gustafson and Gerry Beegan, the archivist Lisbet Tellefsen, scholar and curator, Nicole Fleetwood, scholar and curator and interviews with Angela Davis by René de Guzman and Tellefsen by Gustafson.