Panel discussion with Dr. Kaila Story, Jaison Gardner, and art critic Paddy Johnson, the founding editor of Art F City.

This event took place on July 20, 2018 and was part of the “Dialogues on Gender” series at the Speed Art Museum in conjunction with Strange Fruit podcast and the exhibition Breaking the Mold: Investigating Gender at the Speed Art Museum.

WFPL’s Strange Fruit co-host and professor Dr. Kaila Story and art critic Paddy Johnson, the founding editor of Art F City, discuss past and contemporary feminisms in life, art, education, culture, and working in the media. WFPL’s Strange Fruit co-host and activist Jaison Gardner moderates the conversation.


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.