Gather Round, Exploring the Work of Kevin Jerome Everson
It was an unprecedented day and a one-of-a-kind experience for those participants interested in art, film, history and visual culture to listen to and take part in important conversations around labor, memory and community in our everyday lives, which artist Kevin Jerome Everson's artistic vision vividly illustrates.
The Gather Round symposium explored Everson's artistic perspectives and output through and alongside questions of regionalism, history and the representation of black experience in film, particularly in the South.
"The symposium created a unique opportunity to host a distinguished group of artists and scholars on our campus to engage the complex and challenging work of Kevin Jerome Everson," said symposium co-organizer Corey D.B. Walker, dean of WSSU's College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education, and John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Humanities. "The event provided our students with an unparalleled and distinctive learning opportunity to think through the nuances of art, race, and the politics of representation. These types of signature events enhance our intellectual community and support our institutional commitment to academic excellence."
Symposium panelists included, Terri Francis, associate professor, communication and culture at Indiana University; Michael GIllespie, assistant professor of film, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, School of Film and the Department of African American Studies, Ohio University; Sabine Gruffat, media artist, filmmaker and assistant professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Claudrena N. Harold, associate professor of history and African American studies and African studies at the University of Virginia; Wesley C. Hogan, director of the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University and a historian of the civil rights movement; and Greg Tate, writer, cultural producer, musician and Sterling Brown '22 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College.
Endia Beal, WSSU interim director of Diggs Gallery, served as one of the moderators for the panel discussions held during the day. She called it a very special day. "The symposium was an exploration of contemporary artistic practice. The dialogue between artists, scholars, and students presented hidden truths and universal similarities. It was a honor to moderate and discuss the work of Kevin Jerome Everson."
The exhibition of Everson's work is on display at SECCA through Dec. 1.