In the spirit of the exhibition title—SIGHTLINES on Peace, Power, and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa—Bard Graduate Center (BGC) has invited writer and critic Jessica Lynne, novelist Maaza Mengiste, composer JJJJJerome Ellis, and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili to create their own sightlines—ways of seeing the exhibited artworks through time, form, and space. This evening, Jessica Lynne will reflect on the spiritual potencies of water, black memory, and cultural retention, and home as a site of care and intimacy. A selection of film clips, songs, and interviews will be used as a response to and in conversation with her selected sightline.

Join us on November 1, November 15, and December 13 to experience the other “sightlines” live.
Support for SIGHTLINES on Peace, Power, and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa is generously provided by the Scully Peretsman Foundation and other generous donors to Bard Graduate Center.

Visitors can also experience the sightlines, along with others created by exhibition curator Drew Thompson, lead gallery educator mary adeogun, and BGC / Brooklyn Museum fellow Anissa Malvoisin, at listening stations in the gallery and via BGC’s podcast.

Jessica Lynne is a writer and critic. She is a founding editor of ARTS.BLACK, an online journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Artforum, the Believer, Frieze, the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, and Oxford American, where she is a contributing editor. She is the recipient of a 2020 research and development award from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and a 2020 Arts Writer Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation. She is the inaugural recipient of the Beverly Art Writers Travel Grant awarded in 2022 by the American Australian Association. Lynne is an associate editor at Momus and, alongside Rianna Jade Parker, co-author of the forthcoming publication, Image and Belief: An Unfinished History of Black Artists (Frances Lincoln / Quarto Books, 2024)

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