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Art On Our Minds: a bell hooks listening experience

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Visual Arts Building Lecture Hall, St. Paul Campus

In 1992, the legendary writer and theorist bell hooks gave a lecture that became the first chapter in her influential book of essays about art, Art on My Mind: Visual Politics. The Women's Art Institute presents an evening to listen to this lecture, first presented at the San Francisco Art Institute, and introduced by Anna Garski, co-instructor of the Women's Art Institute Summer Studio Intensive. After the audio screening, the audience will be invited to reflect on what bell hooks' words and ideas mean to us today.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Study groups

For those interested in a more in-depth examination of bell hooks' views on art, two study groups will each meet in November and December to discuss specific chapters. Anna Garski will facilitate discussion, along with guest scholar Pamela Fletcher.

The book, Art on My Mind: Visual Politics will be provided to the first 15 people to sign up, courtesy of the Office of the Endowed Chairs for Mission. Others may participate as the book is readily available in libraries and online. Email to sign up for one or both study groups and claim your book.

  • Study Group 1: Creativity and Oppression On Our Minds
    Saturday, November 19, 11 am – 1 pm, Visual Arts Building, St. Paul campus
    Discussion will focus on creativity and representation at the intersection of race and gender. Readings include "Women Artists: The Creative Process" and "Facing Difference: The Black Female Body."
  • Study Group 2: Visibility On Our Minds
    Saturday, December 3, 11 am – 1 pm, Visual Arts Building, St. Paul campus

    Discussion will focus on the role that critical thinking and writing plays in the contextualization of the creative process. Readings include "Talking Art as the Spirit Moves Us" and "Critical Genealogies: Writing Black Art."

Questions? Want more information? Contact or (651) 690-6636.