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July 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Grand Hall, After Hours at the Speed – FREE with admission

Panel discussion with Jaison Gardner, Paddy Johnson, and Dr. Kaila Story

This event is part of the “Dialogues on Gender” Series at the Speed in conjunction with Strange Fruit and the exhibition Breaking the Mold: Investigating Gender at the Speed Art Museum. This series features groundbreaking discussions each month in June, July, and August.

A dialogue on “Trans Advocacy, Justice, and Safety will take place on Sunday, June 24th at 2pm. A dialogue on “Drag as Subversive Tool” will take place on Friday, August 17th at 8pm. The July and August events are part of our “After Hours at the Speed” programming.

Please join the Speed Art Museum and WFPL’s Strange Fruit co-host and professor Dr. Kaila Story, and art critic Paddy Johnson, the founding editor of Art F City for a dialogue on past and contemporary feminisms in life, art, education, culture, and working in the media. The conversation will be moderated by WFPL’s Strange Fruit co-host and activist Jaison Gardner.


About Paddy Johnson

Paddy Johnson is the founding Editor of Art F City. In addition to her work on the blog, she has been published in magazines such as New York Magazine, The New York Times and The Economist. Paddy lectures widely about art and the Internet at venues including Yale University, Parsons, Rutgers, South by Southwest, and the Whitney Independent Study Program. In 2008, she became the first blogger to earn a Creative Capital Arts Writers grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Paddy was nominated for best art critic at The Rob Pruitt Art Awards in 2010 and 2013.  In 2014, she was the subject of a VICE profile for her work as an independent art blogger.

Paddy also maintains an active presence as a curator. In 2011 she has curated Graphics Interchange Format, a survey of animated GIFs for Denison University and in 2016 created the sequel to that exhibition, Geographically Indeterminate Fantasies for Providence College and GRIN Gallery.  She recently co-curated a retrospective of the feminist artist Carol Cole entitled Carol Cole: Cast a Clear Light with curator Emily Stamey at the Weatherspoon Gallery in North Carolina, which is on view through June 2018.

About Jaison A. Gardner

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Jaison A. Gardner has been a social justice activist, health educator, and community organizer for more than 20 years. He is the co-creator and co-host, with Dr. Kaila Story, of WFPL’s Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture & Black Gay Life, a popular award-winning weekly podcast focusing on social justice and pop culture. Jaison is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Louisville and is a current board member of the Louisville Pride Festival and a steering committee member of Louisville’s forthcoming LGBTQ youth homeless shelter, The Sweet Evening Breeze. He is a frequent presenter, moderator, and event emcee whose work focuses on a variety of issues, especially the intersection of racial justice and LGBTQ liberation. Jaison firmly believes that a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

About Dr. Kaila Adia Story

Dr. Kaila Adia Story is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Women’s & Gender Studies and Pan-African Studies and the Audre  Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Louisville. She is also a co-creator and co-host of WFPL’s Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture & Black Gay Life, a popular award-winning weekly podcast focusing on social justice and pop culture. Her research examines the intersections of race and sexuality, with special attention to Black feminism, Black lesbians, and Black queer identity. Dr. Story has appeared on Huffington Post Live a number of times discussing issues that relate to race, sexuality, popular music, and gender.  She has also been featured in the Feminist Wire’s series “Feminists We Love,” as well as been featured in Elixher’s Magazine’s “InspiHERed” series.  Most recently, Dr. Story was featured in Go Magazine’s “100 Women We Love” Series.

About Art F City:

Art F City creates and archives critical discourse, and commissions ambitious artist projects. Through a daily mix of blunt criticism, commentary and community-minded journalism, we add an unparalleled dosage of purposeful opinion to the contemporary art community.

Art is without a public purpose if it is not tested and understood. To this end, Art F City provides a moderated public forum across comment threads, artist essays, and roundtable criticism. Our nine-year archives provide an extensive historical record of that discourse. By encouraging a critical and informed audience, our public initiatives fill a critical need for all creative makers.

About Strange Fruit 

Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner host a five year running weekly podcast of musings on politics, pop culture and black gay life. With over 200+ episodes, “Strange Fruit,” represents what is known as the best thing about public radio. Contact #TeamStrangeFruit at lellis@wfpl.org.

Commentary about Strange Fruit

“Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture, and Black Gay Life, is an irreverent weekly podcast that combines thought-provoking discussion and humor to navigate complex subjects. Recent episodes have covered a wide range of topics including sexual fluidity, mental health, and black elitism. Hosts Jaison Gardner and Dr. Kaila Story have an undeniable on-air chemistry that makes even the most difficult subject matter enjoyable to listen to…”-Simon Says Blog, 2018

“Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner. Long time hosts of the podcast, Strange Fruit, the pair (also best friends) regularly provide listeners with funny, engaging, and serious “musings on politics, pop culture and black gay life…”-LGBTQ+ Community Coalition

“Team Strange Fruit fit the bill. Gardner is an activist and Story is an academic, so they are able to bring different perspectives to the subjects they tackle”-Eli Keel, Insider Louisville, June 20, 2017

“One of the things I love about Strange Fruit Podcast is that it represents my dreamy hope of what public radio stations and community collaboration can yield when it comes to original programming”-Kelly Moffitt, Flyover Podcast Newsletter, July 13, 2017

“Fans of shows like Another Round and the Show About Race may want to check out Strange Fruit, the podcast from community activist Jaison Gardner (Jai) and University of Louisville professor Dr Kaila Story (Doc), who take deep dives into politics and pop culture from a black gay perspective”-Melissa Locker, The Guardian, June 27, 2016


July 20, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm