NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Museum of American Art will host another Gallery Talk this Thursday. This event, An Evening with Dr. Brittney Yancy and Dr. Ellen Swider, focuses on exposing the 30 Americans.
“Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to host the event and it went well. It was a good crowd, we got some good questions and I met some amazing people,” said event moderator Adrian Elliott. “So we hope to do the same this week.”
From 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., patrons can enjoy an evening of music, food, drink, and conversation about art.
“The evening will begin with our Art Happy Hour which we normally have on Thursdays with live music from the Willis Moore Project,” said Nicole Hooks, Adult Education Programs Coordinator. “Then, at 6 p.m., Dr Brittney will have conversations on the theme of her exhibit and discuss humanitarianism with her colleague, Dr Ellen Swider, who is also a professor at Goodwin University.”
Brittney is one of the three curators of the exhibition. The other two curators are Dr. Dann J. Broyld and Nicole Stanton.
“The lecture will be held in the gallery she curated,” Hooks said. “It will look at the theme and how she decided which rooms to show and how to show the space. Her main theme was Black Wonderment and Freedom Dreams: Adornment, Identity & Freedom.
The 30 Americans exhibit comes from the Rubell Museum in Miami, Florida. It features works by some of the most important artists of the past four decades, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Hank Willis Thomas and Kehinde Wiley. The screening at the AANB opened on June 16 will continue until October 30.
“Dr. Brittney had already planned to do a lecture with the other two curators of 30 Americans, so she decided to have her own lecture at a gallery,” Hooks said. “Plus, since she was a professor at Goodwin , it was just a good connection since we are so close to invite students and teachers to see the exhibition and learn more.”
All Goodwin University students, faculty and staff who attend will receive free passes for a future visit.
“For me, the museum always comes back and tries to include the community in what it does and I think that’s great,” Elliott said. “Dr. Brittney asked me to come back and facilitate or moderate this chat, I said absolutely. I’m glad to be thought of and included and I hope everyone will come, support, listen to the chat and learn more about the exhibition.
Admission is $5 after 5 p.m. on Thursday, but seating for the talk will be limited due to gallery space so those wishing to attend can pre-register on the museum’s website at nbmaa.org /exhibitions/30-americans.
Ciara Hooks can be contacted at [email protected]