Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Artists Space Books & Talks
55 Walker Street
Justin Allen is a writer and performer from Northern Virginia. He has written for Mosaic, Lambda Literary, ARTS.BLACK, and The Archive, the official journal of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. He has performed in artist niv Acosta’s work DISCOTROPIC at PS122’s Coil Festival in New York City, and at Tanz im August in Berlin, Germany. In May 2016 he presented at the International James Baldwin Conference at the American University of Paris. He lives in New York City.
Rin Johnson is a Brooklyn based artist and writer. They are the author of Nobody Sleeps Better Than White People (Inpatient Press, 2016), and recently participated in the group exhibition The Unframed World: Virtual Reality as artistic medium for the 21st century at Haus der elektronischen Künste, Basel. Johnson is a co-founder with Sophia Le Fraga of the online journal Imperial Matters (a space for liquid poetry).
Diamond Stingily is a writer and artist from Chicago, Illinois living in Brooklyn. Stingily published her journal from when she was eight years old through Dominica Publishing, titled Love, Diamond, in 2016. Recent solo exhibitions include Elephant Memory at Ramiken Crucible, New York and Kaas at Queer Thoughts, New York (both 2016).
Deborah Willis is chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Willis has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Fletcher, and MacArthur fellowships, the Infinity Award in Writing from the International Center for Photography, and the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Award. Named one of the "100 Most Important People in Photography" by American Photography magazine, she is one of the nation's leading historians of African American photography and curators of African American culture. Willis's books include Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery, with Barbara Krauthamer, Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, and Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present, among many others.