In December 2014, Eugene Lang College presented The Whitney Museum of American Art’s conversation with Thelma Golden, Hilton Als, and Huey Copeland.
In the fall of 1994, the Whitney presented Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art, a groundbreaking exhibition curated by Thelma Golden. Conceived in dialogue with an extraordinary group of contemporary artists, Black Male investigated the complex aesthetics and politics at work in representations of African-American men in the post-Civil Rights era. On the twentieth anniversary of Black Male, Golden, Director and Chief Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, will speak about the exhibition and its afterlives in conversation with the writer Hilton Als, who edited the exhibition’s catalogue, and the art historian and critic Huey Copeland.
This public event followed two student workshops at Eugene Lang College, organized by Soyoung Yoon, Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at the Department of the Arts, and Megan Heuer, Director of Public Programming at Whitney Museum’s Education Department, and supported by the Department of the Arts, and the Dean’s Office. The workshops included day-long discussions about the historical context of the exhibition in 1994 and its current timeliness.