About the Class
Inspired by the Barnes’s fall exhibition 30 Americans, this class explores the dynamic intersection of race, identity, and sexual politics in the work of several influential black artists featured in the show. Discover recurrent aesthetics and resonant issues connecting these key artists across time, space, and discipline, from Jean-Michel Basquiat and Wangechi Mutu to William Pope.L and Mickalene Thomas. Engage in weekly gallery discussions around the stereotypes, myths, and legends of black art and culture that 30 Americans so powerfully illuminates and complicates for the viewer and the world at large.
Li Sumpter, PhD
Sumpter is a scholar of art, myth, and humanities with over 15 years in museum education. She teaches courses in curatorial studies, art history, and Afrofuturism at Moore College of Art & Design. A multidisciplinary artist engaged in community and social practice, Sumpter recently completed the 2018–19 Leeway x NextFab Art and Technology Residency.