Slow Looking at MoMA

MoMA, Online Workshop

Monday October 25

6:00pm – 7:30pm

free but Registration is needed.

Dance/movement psychotherapist Jennifer Sterling leads this Slow Looking session along with staff in MoMA’s Department of Education. In this 75-minute workshop, explore a photograph by the artist Roy DeCarava through a series of guided activities, including close looking, writing, drawing, and movement. Our intention is to offer a welcoming, calm space for individuals to experience and respond to art together. This session is part of the initiative Artful Practices for Well-Being, which offers ideas for connectedness and healing through art.

Jennifer Sterling is a bestselling author, registered dance/movement psychotherapist, and the creator of Bodyful Healing—an initiative that offers support and resources to Black women living with depression. Having witnessed and experienced the effects of oppressive systems on Black women, Sterling focuses on reducing the stigma around mental illness within Black communities and educating others about the adverse effects of oppression on Black women”s bodies.

Aperture Conversations: Rachel Kushner in Conversation with Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods

Aperture at ICP – New York

Tuesday October 26


Free but need to Register

Join Aperture and Crown for a special online event celebrating the recently released titles The San Quentin Project (Aperture, 2021) and This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life (Crown, 2021) by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods. In this discussion, moderated by Rachel Kushner, Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods will discuss the importance of storytelling and collaboration in the context of life in prison.

When Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods met, Poor was a photography professor volunteering with the Prison University Project, and Woods was serving thirty-one years to life at California’s San Quentin State Prison. Poor’s teaching work led her to a vast archive filled with photographs taken from life inside the prison that she began using in her classes. The San Quentin Project collects a largely unseen visual record, demonstrating how this archive of the state is now being used to teach visual literacy and process the experiences of incarceration. In 2017, with a shared interest in storytelling, Poor and Woods launched Ear Hustle, the first podcast created and produced in prison that features stories of the daily realities of life inside San Quentin State Prison shared by those living there. This Is Ear Hustle reveals the complexity of life for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people while illuminating the shared experiences of humanity that unites us all.

Aperture Conversations: Gillian Laub and Dr. Orna Guralnik on “Family Matters”

Aperture, Online Event

Wednesday October 27


In Person Reserved ticket for $5, Online for suggested donation

Photographer and filmmaker Gillian Laub has spent decades using her camera to explore and investigate regions of political, social and psychological conflict, inviting both her subjects and viewers into the complicated conversations of repair and reconciliation. In 2016, in the midst of the most divisive election in US history, with her family on two sides of the gaping divide, Laub discovered that the discord that historically captivated her was inextricably linked to the complex and loving relationships she had been chronicling in her own family for more than  two decades.

Held in partnership with Reboot, join ICP for a conversation between Gillian Laub and psychoanalyst Dr. Orna Guralnik, therapist of the Showtime critically acclaimed series Couples Therapy. They will examine the vulnerability, vitriol, pain, humor and love that Laub explores and shares in her ICP exhibition Family Matters on view through January 10, 2022 and in her deeply personal monograph Family Matters (Aperture, October 2021.) Held in gallery at ICP’s Lower East Side center against the backdrop of Laub’s exhibition, Laub and Dr. Guralnik will explore the edges of love and tolerance, family, privilege, wealth and mortality.

Art History from Home: Collective Memory in Contemporary Black Art

The Whitney Museum, Online via Zoom

Thursday October 28


Free with registration

This series of online talks asks the Whitney’s Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows to highlight select works in the Museum’s collection to illuminate critical topics in American art from 1900 to the present. During each thirty-minute session, participants are invited to comment and ask questions through a moderated chat for a fifteen-minute Q&A following the talk. Sessions are available live only, but topics and speakers do periodically repeat. Check back here for more sessions added regularly.

This session looks at the ways contemporary Black artists draw on collective memory to play with, challenge, and transform notions of identity. We will consider works by Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, and Kerry James Marshall to explore how these artists subvert the canon of American art and culture.

Ayanna Dozier is an artist, lecturer, curator, and scholar. She recently completed her Ph.D. in art history and communication studies at McGill University. She is the author of the 33 ⅓ book on Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope. She is currently a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney and a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.

Recent Works by Nathaniel Dorksy


Friday October 29


Tickets available from the 22nd of October

The consummate 16mm keeper of the flame and one of our greatest film poets. Dorsky advances Cinema with each new film he makes, finding new ways to use the camera as an expressive instrument, not to create pictorial beauty but to bring us closer to the bright mystery of existence. An uncompromising cinema of human generosity devoted to tuning the senses and nourishing the spirit via an energized radiant screen. On two nights we present this program of North American and World premieres. – Mark McElhatten

Canticles. 2019. USA. Filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky. 15 min. 16mm.
“A strange autumnal in an empty world, a film of late autumn and ghostly presences.” – Nathaniel Dorsky

Lamentations. 2020. USA. Filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky. 14 min. 16mm.
Lamentations is a cinematic tumble through diverse dreamscapes in a man-made world.” – Nathaniel Dorsky

Temple Sleep. 2020. USA. Filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky. 18 min. 16mm.
Temple Sleep was photographed and edited during the initial virus lockdown. The fly casting pools in Golden Gate Park became a mind healing place for me, a calming space of sacredness, tempered by the fear of the on-coming unknown. A place of feminine power.” – Nathaniel Dorsky

Emanations. 2020. USA. Filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky. 16 min. 16mm.
Emanations is the fourth film made during the Covid crises… in this case October and November reveal small joys in a melancholic sea.” – Nathaniel Dorsky

Ember Days. 2021. USA. Filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky. 10 min. 16mm.
Ember Days is the fifth film made during the Covid crises… primordial spring is in the air, all is tentative.” Nathaniel Dorsky

Terce. 2021. USA. Filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky. 16 min. 16mm.
Terce is the sixth film made during the Covid crises… the yellow greens of spring at last… the beginning of a greater relaxation.” – Nathaniel Dorsky

Art  History from Home: Making Sense of Jasper Johns

Whitney Musem, Online via Zoom

Tuesday November 2, 9 and 16


Free but Registration is required

In a 1962 review of Jasper Johns’s work, critic Leo Steinberg repeatedly asked “Does it mean anything?” Across his almost seventy-year career, Johns’s work in painting, sculpture, and assemblage has often overwhelmed and confounded critics. His work seems to resist interpretation because his references are either too literal, overly personal, or simply rendered opaque. Yet his celebrated legacy has also pressed critics, artists, and viewers alike to imagine artwork’s meaning and value differently. In this way, Johns’s art resonates with contemporary works that make us question and reframe taken-for-granted elements of our everyday life.

This course—held in conjunction with Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror—gives participants a comprehensive look at Johns’s career, while placing his work in conversation with contemporary artists who are both indebted to and building upon Johns’s ongoing legacy.

Art and Practice with Emory Douglas

MoMA, Online Lecture

Wednesday November 3


Free but need to Register

Art and Practice is a series of programs that bring together emerging and experienced artists to explore the challenges and possibilities of sustaining a creative life.

“Create art that challenges the colonization of the imagination.”

Emory Douglas invites artists to engage with the above challenge and 11 others included in his Political Artist Manifesto. This participatory session will establish an intergenerational dialogue on the strategies and responsibilities of artists engaged in political struggle. Douglas will draw on his experience creating pow­er­ful images that depict the real­ity of racial injus­tice in Amer­ica and his work as the resident Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 to the 1980s. Participants are invited to bring their own reflections on the possibilities for activist art-making today, as well as their responses to Douglas’s manifesto. The conversion will be moderated by artist, writer, and educator Colette Gaiter.

This program is for anyone who identifies as an artist and/or designer and will take place over Zoom. This program is free, but an application form is required. To keep the conversation intimate, registration is limited and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Aperture Conversations: On Community: Thelma Golden in Conversation with Dr. Kenneth Montague, Jamel Shabazz, and Xaviera Simmons

Aperture, Online Event

Tuesday November 9


Free but need to Register

Join Aperture for the first event in an exciting online series celebrating As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic. Drawn from Dr. Kenneth Montague’s Wedge Collection in Toronto—a Black-owned collection dedicated to artists of African descent—As We Rise looks at the multifaceted ideas of Black life through the lenses of community, identity, and power. On the topic of community, artist and curator Liz Ikiriko states in As We Rise, “There is a sense of seeking in photographs of Black subjects by Black photographers; a search for visual cues that, when found, have the power to present the world from a familiar, loving perspective—from within that community.” In this discussion, moderated by Thelma Golden, Dr. Kenneth Montague, Jamel Shabazz, and Xaviera Simmons will consider the ways community plays a key role in their work.

Close Looking at Shigeko Kubota

MoMA, Online Workshop

Tuesday November 9

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Free but need to Register

How can video record the everyday conditions of being an artist? Join artists Maia Chao and Jesse Chun a close look and facilitated conversation focused on Shigeko Kubota’s 1985 video SoHo SoAp/Rain Damage. This work is part of Kubota’s “Broken Diary,” a series of autobiographical videos documenting her daily life, and chronicles a flood in her studio and its destructive aftermath. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Shigeko Kubota: Liquid Reality.

All are welcome! Participants and facilitators will work together to look closely and generate ideas around SoHo SoAp/Rain Damage. This participatory program is free and takes place over Zoom. ​​Registration is limited