September 29, 2022
Huey Copeland Talks with Janet Dees about “A Site of Struggle”
ARTFORUM | September 2022
THIS PAST SUMMER, denizens of and visitors to Chicago had the opportunity to engage with three extraordinary modes of Black feminist curatorial practice that spanned the breadth of the city. At the South Side Community Art Center, zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal and LaMar R. Gayles Jr. mounted the revelatory “Emergence: Intersections at the Center”; at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Naomi Beckwith, deputy director and chief curator of New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, unveiled her superb retrospective of queer Chicago artist Nick Cave, “Forothermore”; and at Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art in Evanston, Illinois, Janet Dees presented the first iteration of “A Site of Struggle: American Art Against Anti-Black Violence,” arguably the most emotionally challenging of the three shows, especially in light of the cataclysms that have roiled the United States since the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020.
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