Mellon Exhibition Graduate Seminar: Diaspora | Migration | Exile
Lauren Kroiz, and Leigh Raiford
Wednesday | 10:00 - 1:00pm
This is the second semester of a two semester sequence.
Co-taught by professors in History of Art and African Diaspora Studies, this year-long graduate seminar will curate an exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) focused on issues of migration, diaspora, and exile in the visual arts. We will place special emphasis on the African Diaspora. Our work will take place inside and outside the seminar room. We will read and think critically about the concepts of migration, diaspora and exile, as well as curatorial practices, while also selecting the objects, arranging for the loans, researching, crafting label copy, creating an app, and writing press releases.
Our exhibition will focus on artworks in BAMPFA collections, but we will also consider collaborations with the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, the Bancroft Library, the College of Environmental Design Archives, and other campus depositories (depending in part on student interests). These collections and curation provide extraordinary opportunities for cutting-edge public research across disciplines. Our exhibition opens on Wednesday May 15, 2019.
Available for 4 units each semester (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019). Students are expected to enroll in both semesters. Enrollment in a single semester requires instructor permission.