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“Promise, Witness, Remembrance” National Panel Discussion

April 8 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Promise, Witness, Remembrance Guest Curator Allison Glenn (Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art) assembled a National Advisory Panel to help shape the early stages of the exhibition development, and to subsequently advise throughout the planning stages. Hear from Allison Glenn about why she chose to convene this group of advisors and listen to the panelists discuss the process.

Participating National Advisory Panelists

  • Mecca Brooks, Arts Strategist
  • Allison Glenn, Guest Curator and Moderator
  • Jon-Sesrie Goff, Multidisciplinary Filmmaker, Curator, and Arts Administrator
  • Amy Sherald, Painter
  • Dr. Allison K. Young, Art Historian

The exhibition will reflect on the life of Breonna Taylor, her killing in 2020, and the year of protests that followed, in Louisville and around the world. The exhibition explores the dualities between a personal, local story and the nation’s reflection on the promise, witness, and remembrance of too many Black lives lost to gun violence. Promise, Witness, Remembrance will be open at the Speed Art Museum April 7 – June 6, 2021.

This Zoom Webinar is free and open to the public but space is limited. Please register below.



About the Panelists:

  • Mecca Books is a cultural producer and arts strategist committed to driving connectedness in collaborative spaces. She specializes in community partnerships, urban ecology and project management to provide a platform for awakened and transformative being. She is currently a team member at Hank Willis Thomas Studios.
  • Jon Sesrie-Goff is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and arts administrator. With extensive experience in media and film production, Jon has offered his lens to a variety of projects spanning many genres including the recently released and award-winning documentaries, including Out in the Night (POV, Logo 2015), Evolution of a Criminal (Independent Lens 2015) and Spit on the Broom (2019), among several other projects.
  • Amy Sherald documents contemporary African-American experience in the United States through arresting, otherworldly portraits. Sherald subverts the medium of portraiture to tease out unexpected narratives, inviting viewers to engage in a more complex debate about accepted notions of race and representation, and to situate Black heritage centrally in the story of American art.
  • Dr. Allison K. Young is Assistant Professor of Art History at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. A specialist in postcolonial and contemporary art of the Global South, she received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2017. Young’s research primarily centers African and African-Diasporic artists and art histories, with focus on twentieth century South African art, British art and visual culture, and questions surrounding migration, transnationalism and social justice in contemporary art.


April 8
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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