A Critical Conversation - a socially-engaged project
A CRITICAL CONVERSATION is a socially-engaged project that was curated and conceived by Kathleen Caprario and produced in conjunction with Eugene Contemporary Art that featured a multi-disciplinary exhibition, community panel discussions and poetry that focused on the intersections of art, race and privilege as we experience it in this place we call home and the culture at large. The work was presented in dialogue to highlight the diverse voices and authentic location of each participant in relationship to anti-racism and their practice.
Exhibited artists included: Mika Aono, Gregory S. Black, Kathleen Caprario, Kaitlynn Carr-Kiprotich, Ka'ila Farrell-Smith, Perry Johnson, William Rutherford, Josh Sands, Kerry Skarbakka, Yvonne Stubbs, Stormie True. Poets presented online included: Benjamin Gorman, Ana-Maurine Lara, Carter McKenzie, Lydia K. Valentine. Panel moderators were: Megan Malone and Beth Robinson-Hartpence. Panel One participants were: Gregory S. Black, Carter McKenzie and Eric Richardson, Lane County NAACP Executive Director. Panel Two participants were: Javier Bonnin, Ana-Maurine Lara and William Rutherford.
A Critical Conversation was supported, in part, through the generous award of a Jordan Schnitzer Black Lives Matter Artist Grant, Gregory S. Black and Kathleen Caprario, recipients. Kathleen Caprario wishes to acknowledge the receipt of a Lane Arts Artist Grant.
Thank you to Eugene Contemporary Art and its arts space, ANTI-AESTHETIC for hosting the project’s exhibition and events both in-gallery and online. Special thanks to Agnese Cebere, Eugene Contemporary Art Program Director, Courtney Stubbert, Eugene Contemporary Art Executive Director and the Eugene Contemporary Art artist membership.
Land Acknowledgement - I respectfully acknowledge the original stewards of this land that has supported both well-being and creativity in the Eugene/Springfield area, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people.