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News / April 18, 2018

Canadian Art Encounters: Aruna D’Souza in Conversation with Merray Gerges

Photo of Aruna D’Souza (left) by Dana Hoey. Photo of Merray Gerges (right) by Yuula Benivolski. Photo of Aruna D’Souza (left) by Dana Hoey. Photo of Merray Gerges (right) by Yuula Benivolski.

Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m.
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

This spring, Canadian Art Encounters presents the launch of Aruna D’Souza’s Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts, featuring the author in conversation with Canadian Art’s Merray Gerges.

Join us for the Canadian launch of Aruna D’Souza’s forthcoming book Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts in advance of its release.

Whitewalling delves into three controversies at the intersection of race and art, and the public protests that they ignited. Beginning with the recent and ongoing controversy over Dana Schutz’s painting of Emmet Till’s open casket, D’Souza offers two pertinent historical precedents that tackle the question: when we speak of artistic freedom and freedom of speech, who, exactly, is free to speak?

Alongside the conversation with Canadian Art assistant editor Merray Gerges, D’Souza will read passages from her book. Following the event, D’Souza will sign books, which will be available for purchase on-site from Art Metropole.

Aruna D’Souza writes about modern and contemporary art, food and culture; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; how museums shape our views of each other and the world; and books. Her work appears regularly in, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board, as well as in publications including The Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, Garage, Bookforum, Momus and Art Practical. D’Souza is the editor of the forthcoming Making It Modern: A Linda Nochlin Reader.

Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest is published by Badlands Unlimited.

Jackman Hall is an accessible venue.

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