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Race & Revolution: Still Separate - Still Unequal; Larry Ossei-Mensah & Katie Fuller

The Rock Ethics Institute is cosponsoring this event, which is part of the Spring 2019 John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series.
by Betsy VanNoy Jan 04, 2019
When Jan 29, 2019
from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Where Flex Theatre in the HUB-Robeson Center
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The Rock Ethics Institute is cosponsoring this event, which is part of the Spring 2019 John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series. For more information about this lecture series, visit www.sova.psu.edu/anderson

Curated by KATIE FULLER  and LARRY OSSEI-MENSAH, Race and Revolution: Still Separate—Still Unequal explores school segregation in the United States since the landmark court case Brown V. Board of Education of Topeka that ruled separate but equal educational facilities unconstitutional. Despite this ruling in 1954, the United States has yet to integrate its schools. In fact, school segregation is worse today than it was in the years immediately following Brown V. Board of Education. By pairing contemporary art with historical documents, this art exhibition becomes a critical examination of efforts by local, state, and federal governments to maintain or dissolve segregation. The artwork addresses how segregated schools are being experienced by students today, whether it is lack of cultural and historical representation, lack of resources and opportunities, over-policing, or standardized testing. The documents and art pieces act as if in dialogue, calling out the past to address the issues of the present.

Katie Fuller was an educator for eleven years. As a high school English teacher, she taught literature through the lens of historical events. While working in museum education at the New-York Historical Society she wrote curriculum and taught classes to empower young people on their civil liberties. She left teaching to curate a series that examines the less known and often unspoken histories of systemic racism in the United States by pairing contemporary art with historical narratives. Her first two exhibitions were reviewed by Hyperallergic, Vice Magazine, Artsy, ArtForum, and Daily Kos, among others.

Larry Ossei-Mensah is a Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic who uses contemporary art and culture as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. He has organized exhibitions and projects with artists at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe. In 2017, Ossei-Mensah was Critic-in-Residence at ART OMI. Ossei-Mensah currently serves as the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at MOCAD in Detroit. He also is a co-founder of the 501(c)(3) ARTNOIR in addition to being a mentor in the New Museum’s incubator program, NEW INC.