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|Harvey B. Gantt Center extends conversation of Unmasked series|
|Virtual forum adds workshop, studio visits|
|Published Monday, July 20, 2020 5:00 pm|
|Harvey B. Gantt Center David Taylor expanded the center's digital presence with the Unmasked series of digital conversations on race and society.|
What started as an eight-week YouTube live series in April to dissect disparities among the Black community pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, has expanded far beyond its original timeframe. Gantt CEO and President David Taylor and his team pivoted in June after the death of George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, using the series to addressed institutionalized racism. A month and a half later, Unmasked continues, with the latest conversation taking place at 7 p.m. on July 21.
Tiffany Capers, president and executive director of CrossRoads Corporation, will moderate the conversation about transformative justice, which features Charlotte City Council Member Malcom Graham, and other community leaders. Unmasked expands on the Initiative for Equity + Innovation, which targets unconscious bias, discrimination, as well as social justice, which the Gantt launched in 2018.
When the pandemic began, Taylor focused on pushing the center’s digital presence going forward. Over 12,000 viewers have tuned in since Unmasked launched, taking their YouTube channel from 21 subscribers to over 1,600.
In addition to the latest Unmasked conversation, the Gantt will also host a Gordon Parks-inspired photography workshop with image activist Alvin C. Jacobs July 24 from 3-4 p.m. and an artist talk with painter Mario Moore. The virtual event is free and open to all ages. All types of cameras are welcome, from mobile phone cameras to professional cameras. Jacobs will lead workshop participants through fundamental tools to turn photo into a story. Participants will be able to showcase photos taken during the session if they would like.
Moore’s talk, scheduled for July 28 at 7 p.m., is also virtual and free to everyone. It kicks off a monthly series of virtual studio visits, allowing participants to experience intimate conversations with contemporary Black artists from across the country. The series will combine looking at news as they are created, while examining the intersection between such work and cultural issues.
Moore will join viewers from Detroit, his hometown, where he will begin new work. The conversation will be hosted by curator Dexter Wimberly. They will discuss Moore’s artistic process, what inspires him, as well as the challenges for being an artist who does not have a safety net.
More about the photography workshop: https://www.ganttcenter.org/calendar/family-first-gordon-parks-inspired-photography-with-alvin-c-jacobs/
Information about the artist talk: https://www.ganttcenter.org/calendar/open-air-studio-visit-with-painter-mario-moore/
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