What Black Is This, You Say? Symposium

Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 7 - 8:30pm

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What Black Is This, You Say? Symposium

Storefront for Art and Architecture and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art present an evening of readings, conversations, and performance on the plurality, complexity, and nuance of Black experience(s). The program is held in dialogue with What Black Is This, You Say?, the long term public artwork by Chicago-based artist Amanda Williams at Storefront, and celebrates Willams' forthcoming monograph focused on the public nature of that project. Featuring an intergenerational group of artists, writers, scholars, thought leaders, and musicians, this event gathers them for an evening of creative exchange around the stakes, questions, and new horizons that Williams' project puts forth.

Artist, designer, and educator Andrés Hernández gives a keynote lecture that will be followed by a panel featuring Williams, Justin Garret Moore, and Mabel O. Wilson. Deana Haggag, program officer in arts and culture at Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, moderates. The New York Times culture writer J Wortham presents a reading and singer, songwriter, and poet Jamila Woods performs.

Visitors must show security proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test by a third party (not home test) within three days of their visit to campus or a negative rapid test result taken by a third party (not home test) on the day of the visit to campus.

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.