Wheelchair Accessibility

Artist Kamau Ware in conversation with Jennifer Jones

Please register here for this in-person event at the James Gallery.

How do we build an inclusive archive? What are some archival practices and tools for affecting repair, especially from the point of view of place? Join the conversation with artists Kamau Ware and Jennifer Jones, as they consider archival research methodologies, how they manifest in art practice, and how these expanded histories may be used to create futures.

Kamau Ware develops narratives about African Diasporic history through photography, films, exhibitions, and social practice. The Black Gotham Experience (BGX), an organization he founded in 2010, utilizes art and walking tours to illustrate the impact of the African Diaspora in New York City. The Black Gotham Experience has been in residence in the Seaport District of Lower Manhattan since 2017, serving as a gallery, event space, and visitor’s center for walks.

This program is part of Jennifer Jones' research project as James Gallery Mellon Fellow and Social Practice CUNY actionist. Her auto-ethnographic research is inspired by turn-of-the-century family photographs, set in one of the first free Black settlements in NYC and one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements in the country. She is currently researching methods to highlight or unearth histories that are left out of traditional archives.

Thanks to Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for support of the James Gallery Exhibitions Fellowship, the Ph.D. Program in Art History, and SPCUNY.