Symposium on the Art of Myrlande Constant

Symposium on the Art of Myrlande Constant

Symposium on the Art of Myrlande Constant

Friday, May 12 | 9 am–5 pm
In person | Fowler Museum | FREE
Parking: UCLA Lot 4 | $3/hr–$15/day

This symposium accompanies Myrlande Constant: The Work of Radiance (through Aug 27) the first major exhibition of a contemporary, Haitian, female artist. With the goal of bringing breadth and depth to Constant’s oeuvre and recognizing her impact on contemporary art, each speaker will focus on a single textile in the exhibition, highlighting such themes as race and representation, political resistance, labor, gender, and aesthetics.

The symposium is led by exhibition co-curators Jerry Philogene, associate professor of American studies at Dickinson College, PA, and Katherine Smith, Fowler curatorial and research associate of Haitian arts. Speakers will include Tiffany E. Barber, assistant professor of art history at UCLA; Myriam Chancy, Haitian-Canadian/American writer, Guggenheim fellow, and chair of the humanities at Scripps College; Kyrah Malika Daniels, assistant professor of African American studies at Emory University; Elizabeth DeLoughrey, professor of English with an appointment in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA; Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper, activist and assistant professor of global and international studies at UC Irvine; Patrick A. Polk, senior curator of Latin American and Caribbean popular arts at the Fowler Museum; and ad Gina Athena Ulysse, professor of feminist studies at UC Santa Cruz. The schedule will allow ample time to view and discuss works in the galleries.


9am Coffee and gathering
9:30am Opening remarks

Morning Session
moderated by exhibition co-curator Jerry Philogene
10am Myriam J.A. Chancy
10:30am Gina Athena Ulysse
11am Patrick A. Polk
20-minute Q&A

Lunch 12 – 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session
moderated by exhibition co-curator Katherine Smith
2pm Kyrah Malika Daniels
2:30pm Tiffany E. Barber
3pm Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper
3:30pm Elizabeth DeLoughrey
20-minute Q&A
4:30pm Final remarks

photo © Laura Heyman, Myrlande Constant in her studio, Carrefour Feuilles, November 2011

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