Puffin Foundation Grant

Renowned dancer, curator, and choreographer Endalyn Taylor and I are collaborating with five cross-generational ballerinas towards a multi media performance, exhibition, and symposium titled Counterpoint Project. This project will explore, discuss, and reframe the ongoing cultural and critical contributions of black ballerinas in dance and visual culture. I’m honored to announce that I have been awarded a Puffin Foundation grant to complete new work toward this goal! The Puffin Foundation (Teaneck, NJ) “has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, …

Symposium on Race and Representation

RACE AND REPRESENTATION: THE BLACK BODY IN MEDIA, LITERATURE AND THE ARTS This one day symposium will examine how the black body is represented in literature, media and the Arts. This symposium features several panel presentations and round table discussion, with a keynote lecture by Provost Lecture Series Speaker Deborah Willis Ph.D. My paper entitled “Equivalent Exchange: Representing the Black Male Nude as Artist, Model and Subject,” examines how men of color have represented themselves nude in painting, and features my effort with Equivalent Exchange to contextualize my own body within that history. Hosted by the Department of Africana Studies. Sponsored by the College …