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The Sutphin Lecture:
Making Space for Black History:
Amending the Landscape of American Art – L/P Credit
Featuring Artist Titus Kaphar, Recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship
November 7, 2019
Ruth Lilly Performance Hall at The University of Indianapolis
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Visual artist and social critic, Titus Kaphar, will discuss how his paintings, sculptures and installations seek to dislodge history from its status as the “past” in order to unearth its contemporary relevance.
About Titus Kaphar:
Kaphar is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow and a distinguished recipient of numerous prizes and awards including a 2014 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship, a 2015 Creative Capital grant, a 2016 Robert R. Rauschenberg Artist as Activist grant and a 2018 Art for Justice Fund grantee.
His paintings are held in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, New Britain Museum of American Art, Seattle Art Museum and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Kaphar’s national recognition began in 2014 when Time magazine commissioned him to paint a response to the Ferguson Protests. The painting, Yet Another Fight For Remembrance, depicted a group of protesters streaked in white paint, figuratively erased from the annals of history. In addition to receiving a MacArthur Fellowship in 2018, he has been an essential voice in the national conversation about confederate monuments and the importance of representation in art. Accolades for his art and cultural contribution can be found in The New York Times and NPR. His April 2017 Ted Talk has more than one million views.
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