The Cultural Politics of Identity

October 1, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Urban Arts Space, 50 W Town St, Suite 130
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Panel discussion featuring: Jian Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of English (Queer & Transgender Studies); Treva Lindsey, Assistant Professor, Department of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies; and Jared Thorne, Assistant Professor, Department of Art. 

The Arts Initiative presents a panel discussion with the exhibition, Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne featuring a selection of work from renowned artists spanning the past 50 years, including works by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Mike Kelley, David Hammons, Tony Smith, and many others. The exhibition is intertwined with social issues of the contemporary world, including identity, race, gender, technology, education, philanthropy, communication, and ethics. 

About the Panelists

Jian Chen, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at The Ohio State University. Chen’s research explores strategies for queer, transgender, and gender & sexual non-conforming cultural activism at the turn of the 21st century, with the transition from the cultural politics of the late 20th century towards global cultural economies facilitated by print, image, and information media. His work brings into contact queer and transgender critique; film, media, and communications; East Asian diasporas; post-semiotics; and comparative ethnic studies. Chen is affiliated faculty of Sexuality Studies, Asian American Studies, Women’s, Chen was an Assistant Professor and a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Chen received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine and B.A. degrees in Ethnic Studies and English at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Chen’s publications appear in online journals Postmodern Culture and e-misférica. And his curated media projects have screened with the 6-8 Months Project, hosted by Kara Walker Studios in New York City, the New York MIX 24 Queer Experimental Film Festival, the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater in Columbus, and the Asian Pacific American Institute of New York University. Chen was an invited Visiting Scholar at the NYU Asian Pacific American Institute in Spring 2012.

Treva B. Lindsey, Ph.D. specializes in black feminist theory, women's history, and popular culture studies. She has published in and has forthcoming publications in Meridians: Feminism, Race, and Transnationalism, Urban Education,The Black Scholar, The Journal of Pan-African Studies, SOULS, African and Black Diaspora, the Journal of African American Studies, and African American Review. She is also the recipient of several awards and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emory University, the National Women’s Studies Association, and the Center for Arts and Humanities at the University of Missouri. Her first book entitled, Colored No More: New Negro Womanhood in the Nation’s Capital is under contract at the University of Illinois Press. Lindsey is a member of The National Women’s Studies Association, the American Historical Association, the American Studies Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. She is a guest contributor to online forums such as HuffPost Live, The Feminist Wire and The Left of Black Web Series.

Jared Thorne is a Assistant Professor in the Department of Art who works in the medium of photography. Thorne is a Black artist investigating the culture of his own people, and seeks to challenge hegemonic - as well as self imposed - constructs of Black identity in America and beyond. Thorne’s work centers on issues of race, social class and gender and engages questions of authenticity, representation, and history challenging the viewer redefine his/her relationship modernity. Thorne is the recipient of The Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellowship. He has worked as a journalist with CNN, where he was a member of an Emmy award-winning team in 2006. Thorne has served as a lecturer at Queens College, Columbia University and in the Photography Department at Stellenbosch Academy.

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