Lecture Presentation by Duane Deterville

January 6, 2010

Joyce Gordon Gallery Artist Lecture Series proudly presents

Duane Deterville


Afriscape Cartography: Mapping Black Visual Culture
with  Duane Deterville

Duane Deterville is a visual artist, writer and scholar of visual culture.  His area of expertise is African and Afridiasporic visual culture.  Deterville is co-founder of Sankofa Cultural Institute.  He has produced three symposiums on Jazz:  Jazz in the Black Aesthetic in 2001, Bird, Bop, Black Art and Beyond in 2006 and the Sacred Jazz Symposium in 2007.  He is co-author of the book, “Black Artists in Oakland,”  Currently he is a featured columnist for the SFMOMA online publication, “open Space.”  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts in Masters in Visual and Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts.

The lecture series is an introduction to the Black Aesthetic in Visual Culture.   This series of presentations will be of interest to creative artists, writers, curators, art collectors and those interested in new ways of seeing the Black experience. Artists will be interested in Deterville’s presentation of artistic strategies for visual culture. Writers will be interested in this overview of a burgeoning new field of study that can inform their writing practice. Curators will be interested in the manner in which visual culture informs the politics of display in relationship to the Black experience and art collectors will discover new concerns for developing their collections.

The four part lecture series will be on January 9, 16, 23, and 30 (Saturdays)  from 3-5pm.
The talks are rsvp and each event is $5-10 sliding scale donation.
For more info, e-mail jvbgg@sbclgobal.net

Part 1 and 2

January 9, Saturday, 3-5pm, $5-10
PART 1  Mapping the Black Aesthetic in Visual Culture

This presentation will be an introduction to the field of Visual Culture and how it relates specifically to the Black experience.  The politics of representation in visual fields that range from visual art, paintings, sculpture, architecture, film, museum,  galleries and other forms of curatorial display.  The presentation will include visual examples as Deterville presents his analysis and include a question and answer session.

January 16, Saturday, 3-5pm, $5-10
PART 2   Drawing Down Ancestors: Defining the Afriscape Through Ground Drawings and Street Altars

With this presentation Deterville will apply the ideas of Visual Culture analysis to contemporary events in Oakland (the murder of Casper Banjo and Oscar Grant by police) and expand them to rest of the world where people of African descent have a cultural presence. By examining the street altars that are created by Black folks in Oakland, Deterville will connect these ancestor veneration practices to spiritual practices on the African continent and in its Diaspora. Those spaces of African cultural presence he calls “the Afriscape.”

part 3 and 4

January 23, Saturday, 3-5 pm, $5-10
PART 3 Jazz and Visual Culture

Artists from Mondrian and Matisse to Basquiat and Bearden have used jazz music as a creative well to draw images from.  Jazz as an aesthetic used for visualization has been examined many times by culture critics, however with this visual and oral presentation, Deterville will explore the interdisciplinary intersection between visuality and jazz improvisation.  The visual artwork of jazz musicians will be explored as well as the concerns for jazz music in the work of visual artists.

January 30, Saturday, 3-5pm, $5-10
PART 4  Afrifuturism and Black Visual Culture

Afrifuturism is Deterville’s preferred spelling of what culture critic Mark Dery called “afro-futurism.”  Afrifururism in the creation of speculative futures based in the Black experience and advanced technology.  Most people experience this phenonmenon through Black scence fiction.  Deterville will explore Afrifuturism both in the realm of sci-fi and music with an emphasis on Black visual culture and art. With this presenation Deterville details how afrifuturism stems from Pan Africanist ideas and how its powers is in its ability to envision new autonomous African and Afri-diasporic socieities.

The talks are rsvp and each event is $5-10 sliding scale donation.
For more info, e-mail jvbgg@sbclgobal.net

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One Response to “Lecture Presentation by Duane Deterville”

  1. Cynthia Rose said

    What a wonderful series of lectures as presented by Duane. I enjoyed the insightful and spirited exchange between and among the participants at all four sessions; Duane made the dialogue so easy, rich and genuine. I most loved the engagement with the concepts of how the Black visual arts serve to stimulate, preserve, inspire and reinforce generative notions of our culture.

    Finally, the eclectic composition and range of disciplines/expertise evidenced at each lecture was rewarding/refreshing in and of itself!!!

    Kudos to Joyce … for an outstanding opportunity to explore another aspect of the many dimensions of Black visual arts and emerging interdisciplinary understandings.

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