Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m.
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Canadian Art presented 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 read passages from her book. Following the event, D’Souza signed books, made possible by community partner 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 4Columns.org, 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.