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Black Is The New Black

Join Jessica Moss (ARTIST + CURATOR)

Who is your favorite artist? 
Who is your favorite Black artist under 45?
Across cultures, many young, emergent black artists- who are working diligently, making good work, and participating in industry norms- are ignored, misrepresented, over-looked or are only considered for 'opportunities' that focus on race and culture within the arts.

Esteemed American artist Martin Puryear does not speak frequently about his black identity, as he believes that it is not all that defines him. Whereas, artist like Kara Walker make work that can never be disconnected from black identity, because the belief is that the two are so intertwined that they can never be disjointed. This spectrum of black artists rejects the binaries we've created within black art. These artists are experimenting with the challenges of identity, blackness and representation (or lack thereof). 

Join artist, scholar and arts educator, Jessica Moss, as she shines some light on the blackness that is emerging amongst the surface of contemporary high art. She will share a brief history of African-American art and then introduce 45 of the most technical skilled, conceptually-compelling, and often, difficult to witness works by young, emergent black artists.

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Jessica Moss is a life-long student, artist and entrepreneur. She received a BFA in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and a MA in Arts Administration and Policy Management from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her current research at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law is focused on the intersection of fine art, the public interest and sustainable redevelopment.

Jessica brings a broad range of professional experience in advocacy, education and the arts in both the public and private sector. Her commitment to public interest work is exemplified through the number of collaborative projects she has participated in including artist and urban planner Theaster Gates’ Retreat for Black Artists, the nationally-archived StoryCorps Story Share Booth project, and conceptual and visual artist Mel Chin's national FUNDRED Dollar Bill Project.

Jessica has worked for a diverse group of organizations including The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, Dreamworks Animation in Glendale CA, Rebuild Foundation in Chicago, IL and most recently, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, NC. Her interests in innovation, collaboration and the arts continue to influence her projects today.

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