The College of Arts and Architecture will host exhibits and discussion on the topic of art’s role in social justice movements in the second installment of its Salon Conversations series, March 22–23 at the Palmer Museum of Art. Speakers, who will address art as it relates to post-Ferguson race matters, include Dana Carlisle Kletchka, curator of education at the Palmer and affiliate assistant professor of art education; Moses Davis, director of the Multicultural Resource Center; Annemarie Mingo, assistant professor of African American studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies; and Genevieve Logerie, president of the Penn State Student Black Caucus.
The Salon Conversations events will include exhibits and conversation from 5 to 7 p.m. and a reception from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22. On Wednesday, March 23, there will be exhibits and discussion, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; reception, 1–1:45 p.m.; and conversation with moderators, 2–4 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
“Simply put, as much as we want to believe that we are living in a post-racial society, race does matter and we are seeing how much it matters on a daily basis,” said Davis. “It is my hope that we can engage in an authentic conversation around such an important issue.”
The Salon Conversations series was developed to give students a platform to voice their opinions and connect to others. Last semester, the first event in the series discussed the issue of sex crimes in connection with the Penn State Centre Stage production of “Good Kids.”
The March 22–23 events are sponsored by the College of Arts and Architecture, Vice Provost for Educational Equity, Palmer Museum of Art, College of the Liberal Arts, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the Multicultural Resource Center.