week ten : mickalene thomas and spelman college

This week we visited Spelman College and viewed the Mickalene Thomas show, we then met with the Curator of Education, Makeba Dixon-Hill and discussed the various ways in which her role worked within the school and the art world.

I enjoyed how the dimmed lights and bright screens reflected on the hardwood and how the audio changed and layered depending on where you stood in the room. It was a fascinating marriage of image and sound that produced almost a tranquil background layering of sound perfect for meditation, yet the words and language that were being used were harsh and abrasive contradicting this feeling.

We then talked to Makeba and one of the installers about how they work with each other and the other roles that they perform. It is interesting to see how different arts institutions react to the need for outreach and keeping themselves relevant. The idea of yoga in the gallery and “amatuer” gallery talks are fascinating to me and I wonder how effective they are in practice.

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