Henry Art Gallery University District
Sat., Dec. 2, 1-2:30 p.m. 2017
Dallas-based lauren woods presents herself as a kind of anti-ethnographer, combining installations, site-specific interventions, lectures, and performances to connect her own subjective history as a black woman and artist to the larger, tortured story of racist cruelty in the United States—which lingers in the spaces we inhabit. One example: Drinking Fountain #1 memorializes the civil rights movement on a spot where a "whites-only" sign was recently unearthed. In this talk at the Henry, in conjunction with her video piece (S)Port of San Francisco, she will address the path of her own work in a "letter to herself" as she deconstructs white conceptions of race. Her intellectual self-awareness and her interest in how language limits experience invite the audience to examine their own subjectivities.