objects speak is a live conversation and performance series celebrating the most creative and seminal Black people in the fields of film, theater, art, music, literature, innovation, new technology, and fashion.
In the book titled, “In The Break: The Aesthetic of Black Radical Tradition,” esteemed theorist Fred Moten states, “the history of blackness is a testament to the fact that objects can and do resist.” Moten apprehends blackness by way of Karl Marx and the notion of the ‘speaking commodity.’ And aligned to that ideal, our purpose of objects speak, is to curate dope conversations, with dope Black folk, doing dope things.
The end goal is two-fold: one, to give the invited speakers a platform to share their work, creative practice, and their journey. And the other is to also offer to our Black student community and other underrepresented folks who might not have known what possibilities were there, and how to get there.
We need your support to enable us to continue these events throughout the year.
- #artgirlsummer, Spring 2020
- ARTNOIR, Spring 2020
We proudly presented its inaugural event on Feb. 7th, 2020, in Tisch’s Riese Lounge—a conversation with art critic and curator Antwaun Sargent and Dr. Isolde Brielmaier (Tisch Photo), on art, images, redefining representation of the Black body, and beyond.
By funding this goal, you are not only helping institutions deeply engage diversity and inclusion, but you are also supporting the aspirations of the young underrepresented students in our NYU Community.