Black Quantum Futurism, “IRL Black Womxn Temporal Portal” (2019) at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia (photo by D1L0 DeMille)

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics is pleased to announce the Vera List Center Forum 2020, an annual international convening of artists, curators, and activists in the fields of art and politics. This year’s forum, which will take place online starting October 6, highlights the center’s vibrant and expanding fellowship program, culminating on October 10 with the announcement of the finalists for and recipient of the 2020–2022 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice.

A tribute to scholar and public intellectual Maurice Berger (1956–2020) launches the forum on October 6. A columnist for the New York Times and the center’s first Fellow, Berger advanced the studies of race and representation, and his achievements will be illuminated by Courtney Baker, Lonnie G. Bunch III, Nona Faustine, David Gonzalez, and Sarah Lewis, in a discussion moderated by Kinshasha Holman Conwill. It will include a protocol-directed performance by VLC Fellow Robert Sember as well as video tributes; a piano recital by VLC Fellow Sarah Rothenberg closes out the evening. 

October 7 and 8 feature presentations and conversations with the 2020–2022 VLC Fellows and their guests: Carolina Caycedo with poet and MacArthur Fellow Natalie Diaz, Etcétera with scholar Jennifer Ponce de León, Maria Hupfield with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and Adelita Husni Bey with Robert Sember. Rasheedah Phillips presents her work with Black Quantum Futurism and her research into the effects of time protocols in “Towards a Temporal Rezoning: Unmapping the Time Zones.”

On October 9, scholar Alexander Galloway delivers the keynote lecture “The Computable and the Uncomputable.”

The Forum concludes on October 10 with “What Protocols Are Needed Now?”, a conversation with curators Ivet Curlin/WHW, Natasha Ginwala, Candice Hopkins, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, and activist Tamara Oyola-Santiago, and the announcement of the Jane Lombard Fellows and the recipient of the 2020–2022 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice.

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